It was announced that Google acquired photo storage app Odysee. This app which automatically backs up photos and videos taken on smartphones will shut down on February 23rd.
Effective to this deal. Odysee’s development team will be soon joining the Google+ team, a move which has lead to speculations that Odysee’s unique features will eventually be integrated into G+.
Apart from backing up media on mobile, Odysee also allows for automatic private sharing with other users. Odysee also has an intelligent feature where it determines which quality to store media in based on how likely one is to access it. Frequently accessed media is stored in the highest quality while the ones that app believes the user won’t look at much is stored in low quality.
It seems likely that one may start seeing some of these features in G+ at some point or Google may take another route entirely. However there is talk that Google is preparing to launch a standalone Photos app, in which case Odysee’s features may be used there instead. Whatever the case may be, it looks like Google is planning to make a major move with respect to photo and video storage.
Existing users of Odysee will be able to access the service to download their stored photos and videos even after the planned shutdown at the end of the month. Google has confirmed the acquisition, but no further details are being released at this point.Google Acquires Photo Storage App Odysee- A Major Google+ Update On Its Way?,