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Google may have just won the cloud wars with Google Photos

Updated May 28th, 2015 2:14PM EDT
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Google may have just won the cloud wars with Google Photos, a new app the company introduced during its Google I/O 2015 media event.

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The Google Photos app will offer support for storing unlimited photos (up to 16-megapixel) and videos (up to 1080p) in the cloud.  The best thing about it is that it’s all free to the user.

That’s right, the Google Photos app will automatically back up your videos and photos at the highest quality that’s currently supported and make them available on a variety of devices, without you having to pay anything for storing them in Google’s cloud.

Comparatively, Apple offers users just 5GB of free cloud storage. For more storage, users have to pay from $1 (20GB) to $20 (1TB) per month, depending on their needs.

On top of it being free, the other great thing about Google Photos is that the app is available to users starting today, meaning they won’t have to wait for Android M to roll out to enjoy the app’s brand new features, and especially the free unlimited cloud backup offer. In fact, the app is also available on iOS and the web, the company said.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.