Picasa will be phased out in favor of Google Photos
Last year, Google rolled out a stand-alone Photos app with unlimited storage, stirring up rumors that its photo editing application Picasa’s days were numbered. Sure enough, in a statement on Friday Google announced that Picasa will be phased to make way for Google Photos, detailing what it hopes will be a more uniform photo experience. The change will take place ‘over the coming months.’
Google said in a statement, ‘We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.’ To that end, Picasa users with web albums should log into Google Photos, at which point all the content will automatically be available in Photos.
Users who aren’t interested in switching to Google Photos will be given a ‘new place’ to view, download and delete Picasa Web Albums, without the organization, creation and editing tools. Further details on where users will access their Picasa content aren’t provided.
Support for the Picasa desktop app will end March 15. The Picasa Web Album changes will being rolling out on May 1.