Want to automatically backup all of the photos you snap with your smartphone camera to the cloud? There are a few ways to do that. Apple has iCloud, and Dropbox, Amazon, and Google all offer apps for Android an iOS that will backup your photos.
But Google’s solution is a bit odd… because it requires you to use the Google+ social network.
Soon you might not need to do that though. The folks at Android Police dissected the latest version of the Google Drive app for Android and discovered code that suggests automatic photo backup might be coming to Google’s cloud storage service… no social networking required.
The move would make sense — Drive is Google’s online storage service and what you’re trying to do is store your photos online, after all. More importantly, there have been hints that Google would be removing Photos and Streams from Google+ and setting them up as standalone services.
While there’s code in the app which suggests Google Drive will be taking over the cloud photo backup responsibilities, there’s no telling when the change will happen… or even if it will happen. It’s always possible that the service will still need you to have a Google+ account… but hopefully it’ll be easier to make sure you don’t accidentally share all of your photos publicly when you meant to keep some private.
Android Police says it looks like Google is also working on bringing Chromecast support to Google Drive, which could let you stream photos or other media to a TV.