Google to Buck up Google+ Photos with Backup app Odysee
Google has acquired Odysee, an app which was popular among users because of its spontaneity in backing up pictures from their mobile devices to their desktops and tablets; it enhanced users’ privacy in data sharing as they could share content furtively. And this is what Google will be exploiting of this new acquisition – offline and private sharing features.
Those who are using Odysee need to hurry up a bit. You must have read the notice on posted on the app’s homepage, or you may have received a notification from Odysee. The startup is thanking users and explaining the shut-down process. After February 23, there will be no Odysee but Google+ Photos. But you don’t need to worry about the data which has already passed through the service as it will remain in an archive and will be downloadable.
However if you wish to use backup services after Feb 23, you should better go to Google+ Photos (although there are other alternatives) because, after all, it is going to absorb Odysee’s spirit.
Shutting-down process of Odysee has already been started. The app has been removed from Apple’s App store and from Google Play.
But was it just the users ease which made Odysee to wholly merge itself into Google? That is to say: why Odysee was sold rather making a partner standalone service? These questions, from the financial perspective, are of course important but yet unanswered. But it will be of immense interest to know what was the major factor which exhilarated Odysee for amalgamation.
Still, it is not known how much users did the app had and how much revenue it generated in its lifetime. Despite all these ambiguities on Odysee’s corner, it is crystal clear that the deal is like a huge step forward to Google’s ultimate goal of bettering its photo services and to become a strong competitor in the field with lots of other online photo services including Facebook/Instagram, Yahoo’s Flickr, Dropbox and many more.
Whatsoever, the acquisition news has been confirmed from Google too. “I can confirm the news and that they’re joining the Google+ team. We aren’t sharing more beyond that at this point,” a spokesperson wrote in an email to TechCrunch.
I can foresee a bright future for Google+ after it is bounded up with a very efficient service in its own place. What will make Google+ standalone once it absorbs Odysee will be its ability to backup data offline. For me, cloud sharing is wearisome. And if it is wearing for you too, then congrats for the union of both the services as this will hopefully ameliorate your experience of photos and videos!