I sat down with the Google Photos team to talk about how the failure of Google+ led them to something deeply impressive.
Google Photos, which is now available on the web, Android, and iOS, illustrates the falling price of storage and the growing power of Google data science. But it also illustrates a lesson Google learned building Google+. "A social network is not where you want to organize and store all of your private and personal collections of photos and videos," says Anil Sabharwal, who leads the Photos team. "We needed a solution that worked for the photos you want to share, as well as the ones that you don’t."