We’re pretty enthusiastic around here for the all-new Google Photos, and now it’s available to everyone to try. On the web, you can visit it at photos.google.com. Or you can download the app for Android or iOS. The new service, which has “graduated” from Google+, now offers unlimited storage of photos up to 16 megapixels and video shot in 1080p. You can also store higher-resolution imagery in Google Photos, though it will count against the 15 GB of free storage you get with your Google account.
Near the end of the opening keynote at Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced something called “Jump.” And while it may have sounded like Jump was just a camera rig the company built in conjunction with GoPro, it’s much more than that. Jump is an entire ecosystem for creating virtual reality videos, and it sounds like the kind of thing that could help VR take off by making it much more accessible to both create and consume.
As Clay Bavor, Google’s vice president of product, detailed on stage Jump consists of three parts: the camera rig itself, software that automatically assembles and processes the footage, and a player. First, Google has developed blueprints for a 360-degree camera rig made with 16 cameras — enough to…
We’ve just installed Google’s preview of Android M on a Nexus 6, and naturally the first thing we did was head into settings and start hammering the “Android version” section. You’ll see a colorful M graphic pop up, but if you try to reach the second easter egg section, all you’ll get is a shruggie. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, users were thrown into a Flappy Bird clone and had to safely navigate between colorful lollipops. Well, since we don’t yet know what Android M’s final name will be, this is Google’s way of telling you that there’s nothing here for now. See you in the fall.
The new Shield — a thin, angular console with a sharp green streak of light — is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1 mobile “superchip” with 3GB RAM. The main platform here is Android TV, and Shield is capable of streaming 4K video from compatible services (which include Netflix, YouTube, a handful of others). It’s also a gaming device; Nvidia is touting over a dozen exclusive titles in addition to those already compatible with Android TV. It’s also capable of streaming games via its GRID service.
Google is making a big play for your photos. It’s releasing a revamped Google Photos today that offers unlimited storage of images and videos entirely for free. Resolution is limited to 16 megapixels for photos and 1080p for videos, but that’s not much to complain about (if you want to store a higher resolution file, it can also tap into Google Drive storage). Photos is being made available on iOS, Android, and the web, and it includes a number of other helpful features that may make you want to pick it up.
Photos automatically organizes all of your images
The other big feature present in Photos is around organization. Google will analyze your images and automatically sort them into groups. On stage, Google showed how it could sort out…