Confirming rumors from earlier in the week, Google has announced its new Photos app - a standalone service that separates the photo component of its Google Plus app. It's available now for Google and iOS and comes with unlimited free storage of 16MP or smaller images.

The app will automatically sync and backup photos and videos from your computer and devices, by way of mobile app, web interface or desktop uploader, and they're saved privately. The 'Photos Assistant' will automatically create collages and videos from uploaded images. Within a few minutes of uploading my photos, it put together a short animation of three images I'd taken of Mount Rainier from a plane. Any of this creations can be saved, edited or discarded.

Images saved to Photos can be shared to various social networks. Sets of images can also be shared by way of a download link, which provides a simple way of sending groups of photos to friends. Some basic editing tools are also included to tweak brightness and color saturation, as is an 'Auto' adjustment option.

Taking advantage of the unlimited storage option means that files greater than 16MP will be downsized and saved at 16MP. For those looking to save higher resolution images, the app offers an 'Original' storage configuration that will maintain original files without compression, but will count it toward the 15GB of free storage associated with the user's Google account.

The Photos App is available now for Android and iOS.

Via: The Google Blog