Google Acquires Odysee, An App For Personal Photograph/Video Backup And Sharing, Workforce Joins Google+
Google could also be quickly including extra offline and personal sharing options to its Google+ Photographs service. It has acquired Odysee, an iOS and Android app that permit customers mechanically again up pictures and movies taken on their cameras or tablets to their residence computer systems. It additionally let customers arrange personal, automated sharing with different individuals, and it had an API for integrating the service with different apps (learn our longer article about it right here). The app shall be shut down efficient February 23, with the group behind it becoming a member of Google+ to “proceed to concentrate on constructing superb merchandise that folks love.”
The acquisition was introduced by way of a notice on Odysee’s house web page, in addition to via a notification being despatched out to app customers. In it, the startup thanks customers and in addition notes the small print of the shut-down course of. Primarily, after Odysee ceases backup operations on February 23, all photographs and movies already handed via the service shall be out there as a downloadable archive. We’re embedding the complete observe under.
Moreover, we’ve discovered that Odysee the app is not obtainable in Apple’s App Retailer and in Google Play; and it appears just like the account for its maker, Nimbuz Inc., has additionally been pulled.
We now have contacted Odysee, Nimbuz Inc. and Google to see if we will get any extra particulars concerning the acquisition and the choice to promote somewhat than stay a standalone service. It’s unclear what number of customers Odysee had attracted in its lifetime, or whether or not it had managed to attracted extra buyers past the $760k it had raised in seed cash.
For now you possibly can see the place the acquisition makes loads of sense for Google.
There have been rumors swirling that Google may launch the Pictures as a standalone service, unbiased of Google+. Including in choices to save lots of photographs offline, and extra options to raised management the way you share footage, are logical additions that would give Google Pictures service a extra rounded providing, and assist differentiate it extra from different competing photograph providers. Others within the crowded area of on-line photograph providers embrace Fb/Instagram, Yahoo’s Flickr, Dropbox and lots of extra.
And whilst part of Google+, contemplating how cautious some individuals are nowadays to giving over extra knowledge to Google’s cloud — or some other might-based mostly service like Dropbox or iCloud, for that matter — it is sensible to reinforce Pictures with offline options for that cause, too.
Odysee, which let individuals log in with Fb or by creating an account, was an app created by Nimbuz, co-based by Raghavan Menon and Shiva Javalagi. As Sarah wrote in a profile of the app final yr, each founders have a background in networking, algorithms, caching and embedded software program. Menon beforehand co-based chip designer Ingot Methods, which was acquired by Virage Logic (and later acquired by Synopsys).
One of many fascinating issues about Odysee — “particularly designed for individuals who take a variety of movies and would really like the choice of saving them at their full high quality” — was that it shifted the storage choice to your personal pc moderately than any public cloud. At the identical time it had developed a caching function that permit customers entry these footage even when the pc was offline or engaged on a sluggish Web connection.
“Odysee retains copies of lately accessed pictures and movies on-line at top quality. Odysee retains copies of photographs and movies which are unlikely to be accessed (it predicts what’s more likely to be accessed) on-line at decrease high quality just like that on Instagram or Fb,” the corporate famous in its FAQ. “You all the time have a model of all the things on-line.”
One other function that set it aside from different photograph providers was the apps’s strategy to sharing with others. It had its personal “follower and following community” that was based mostly across the concept of including a small group of shut household and pals who would even be on the app, with the choice of sharing extra footage to “non-Odysee customers” by means of URL hyperlinks quite than embeds.
Like different many different apps, Odysee was constructed round a freemium mannequin: free for the primary yr, after which $5/yr thereafter. The founders had at one level estimated that they might maintain the enterprise sustainable in the event that they reached three million customers.
A video of the service is under, and the farewell letter is beneath that: