Google Buys Private Photo/Video Backup And Sharing App Odysee

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Google has acquired Odysee, an iOS and Android app that lets you automatically back up photos and videos taken on your camera or tablet to your home computer. That means Google+ Photo service will soon be having more offline and private sharing features.

The app which also lets you set up private, automatic sharing with others, will be effectively shut down by February 23, while the team behind the app will be joining Google+ to continue what it has always known how to do best.

“To help you with the transition, the Odysee service will continue till Feb 23rd and soon after that all your photos and videos will be available as a downloadable archive.”


“We are excited to share that the Odysee Platform Team will be joining the Google+ Team,” wrote the Odysee team on their official website.

In an email sent to TechCrunch on Sunday, Google confirmed the acquisition, but declined further details about the acquisition: “I can confirm the news and that they’re joining the Google+ team. We aren’t sharing more beyond that at this point,” a spokesperson wrote in an email.”

Perhaps, there would be more added to that information from the Google spokesperson in the coming days, but that email sent in by Google’s spokesperson all but confirms the status of the deal.

Odysee also sent out notification to their users where it expressed its gratitude and gave details of the shutdown process. The company also explained that all photos and videos that have passed through the service will be made available as a downloadable archive.

“Odysee’s vision was to be the easiest way for everyone to capture unlimited memories and access them everywhere. We are very excited to join Google where we’ll continue to focus on building amazing products that people love.”

So it is quite clear from that statement above that the Odysee would continue to build app despite being acquired by Google.

Odysee is an app that lets people log in with their Facebook account or by creating an account. It was created by Nimbuz, co-founded by Raghavan Menon and Shiva Javalagi. Odysee allows people who take a lot of videos to shift the storage option to their own computer instead of any public cloud; and it of course; it allows them to store them without losing quality. Another very interesting thing about the app is that it lets users access those pictures even if the computer was offline.

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Author: Firdaus

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