Proton announce secure, private automatic photo backups

Proton are officially one step closer to offering a privacy-friendly alternative to iCloud and Google Photos.

Proton announce secure, private automatic photo backups
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Back in October, I wrote a post about how I noticed some evidence pointing toward Proton releasing its own solution for automatic photo synching. Well, yesterday, Proton confirmed that claim by officially announcing automatic photo backups akin to iCloud or Google Photos.

As of right now, the feature is only available via the Proton Drive app on Android, but the feature is already in beta on its iOS counterpart. Proton are gradually rolling out the feature, so if you haven't gotten the update yet, be patient.

The feature is a bit simple now, offering only automatic backups of your current phone gallery. This doesn't support albums, categorization, or anything like that yet. But fret not, Proton claim these features are next on the roadmap.

Read also: THIS is the best Google Photos alternative: ente Photos

What it does offer is easy offline access, photo browsing across devices via Drive's new photos tab, and end-to-end encryption. Proton also claim they are planning to implement machine learning, which would introduce smart features you may be used to in other photo synching apps.

Even though I love Proton and their products, I won't be switching to using this over ente Photos anytime soon. ente offer a fully featured experience, and it just keeps getting better every day.

Proton, on the other hand, has a long way to catch up. But who knows, more competition is always good, so we will see where each company take their solutions moving forward.

Check out Proton's official blog post at the link below for even more information.