Google to begin closing Google+ Photos on Aug. 1

Users' photos will be available through the new Google Photos service

The end is near for Google+ Photos, the photo-sharing service that's part of the company's social network.

Google will begin closing down the service on Aug. 1 on Android, with the Web and iOS devices to follow soon after.

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Google is phasing out Google+ Photos and will replace it with its Google Photos service.

For a time, Google touted the service as a key element in Google+, with a range of editing tools and image enhancement technologies rolled out over the years.

But Google hinted that its days might be numbered when the company rolled out its new Google Photos service at Google I/O in May.

The closure of Google+ Photos is likely to prompt more questions about the future of Google+, which has struggled to rival the success of Facebook.

Photos and videos stored in Google+ Photos will be moved to Google Photos. People who don't want to use the new service can download their images using Google Takeout, the company said.

Google Photos provides free, unlimited photo and video storage in Google's cloud, along with tools to organize the media.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

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