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Google clarifies what's going on with Google+ Photos

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Facing a backlash from angry Google+ users (what, both of them?), Anil Sabharwal, the head of Google Photos, released a statement on Tuesday clarifying Monday's earlier announcement about the fate of Google+ Photos. According to Sabharwal, Google will still effectively "shut down" Google+ Photos in lieu of the company's new Google Photos service. However, Sabharwal noted that the older service will still allow users to share, comment and +1 photos and videos as they always have. They will also remain on the Google+ service for the foreseeable future and accessible via the Photos tab of the Profile page.

The big change is really happening on the back end. Per Sabharwal, "The private photo management component of Google+, which includes backup, editing, creations, private album management...and sharing to other apps" will be handled by the new service. So, basically, Google+ Photos users be able to continue on with their existing service uninterrupted but the nuts and bolts of what makes it work will be handled by the new app.

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