Google has announced that Picasa will soon be scraped to better focus on Google photos. Picasa is Google’s first photo storage and management app, it is only in this respect that the app comes first compared to rival app Google photos. Google photos user base eclipses that of Picasa with a significant number.
According to Google’s blog post, the app will scraped off slowly to allow users enough to switch over to Google photos. “If you have photos or videos in a Picasa Web Album today, the easiest way to still access, modify and share most of that content is to log in to Google photos, and all your photos and videos will already be there”. Furthermore, those who do not want to switch to Google photos or who still want to be able to view specific content, such as tags, captions or comments, will have a new place for you to access your Picasa Web Albums data, here you can download, view or delete your Picasa Web Albums, you just won’t be able to create, organize or edit albums”.
This transition will be done in phases with Picasa desktop application getting the axed on March 15, 2016 (Google will no longer be supporting the desktop version of the app).
This move is done in hopes of creating a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products – Google.
Fans and users of Picasa should begin saying their goodbye messages as the app is exiting on limited time.