Report: Google to Launch Standalone Photo Sharing and Storage Service at Google I/O Next Week

According to sources of Bloomberg, Google’s rumored standalone photo service, which will be entirely separate from Google+, will launch next week during Google I/O. The service could feature many of the things we know and love about the current Photos service from Google, such as Auto Awesome, but the ties to Google+ will no longer be there.  (more…)

Collections Feature Going Live Right Now on Google+

Google+ Collections, the social community’s new topic-based feature that we first broke news on a couple of weeks back, seems to be going live to the general public right now. Our own Droid Life G+ page has been given access to Collections, which you can see above.

To check to see if Collections is live for you, head into Google+ and slide open the dropdown menu on the left side and look for “Collections” grouped in with Communities, Events, and Hangouts.  (more…)

New Google Photo Stories Showing Up in Google Now

Folks who utilize Google Photo’s auto backup will begin to see new Stories pop up directly through Google Now. To explain, if you take enough photos at any given time, Google will throw those photos into a Story, then put music and effects to it. Moving forward, these Stories will appear in Google Now for easy access, where as before, you would receive a notification through the Google Photos app.  (more…)

Google Looks to Break Down Google+ Into Three Areas; Hangouts, Photos, and Stream

In a recent interview between Forbes and Google’s Sundar Pichai, the Google+ service as we know it today may change drastically in the near future. According to Sundar, who currently oversees everything in relation to Android, Chrome, Google Apps, Maps, Google+, and other sectors at Google, Google+ is currently seen as a single area, but the company hopes to break it down into three in the future.

Sundar stated in the interview, “I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos, and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area.”  (more…)

Google Acquires Odysee Photo and Video Storage Provider, Team Joins Google+

Odysee, a photo and video storage/sharing service which had an iOS and Android app, were acquired by Google this week, with the future of the service now taking place on the Google+ team.

Users of the application received a message this morning, stating that service would come to a halt on February 23. If you do have photos and videos on the service, don’t worry, as they are not yet disappearing. For the time being, once the shutdown date comes, users can download an archive of their content for safekeeping.  (more…)

So Social: It’s 2015, are You Following Droid Life?

Now that we have entered the post-CES period of 2015, a time that we consider to be the true beginning of the year, we wanted to check in and remind you that there are plenty of ways to keep up with Droid Life throughout the next twelve months and beyond. Our social game has spread to almost everywhere it can these days, so if one network doesn’t work for you, there is a good chance we are on another that does. From Twitter to Facebook to Google+ to Pushbullet, you should have no trouble keeping up with us.

Below, you will find links to all of the places that we connect with readers. Be sure to follow us on one or many.  (more…)