How do Google Plus Photos, and Picasa relate to each other? Are they different names for the same thing? Or different interfaces to the same photo albums?

http://picasaweb.google.com/ looks quite different than https://plus.google.com/${my account id}/photos, but they show the same photo albums, thus the question.

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These are the services/products provided by Google, both are completely different, it is just that they are linked with your common Google ID which you can use for any Google services: Google Docs, Translate, Blogger, Orkut, etc. To see more Click Here. So the photos you upload to Google Plus actually gets saved in Picasa. In short your account is linked with different Google services.

  • So is it fair to say these are two separate apps, that interact with the same image store?
    – Flimzy
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 6:15
  • Yes, they are completely two separate Google services, Google Plus is social networking, and Picasa is an image uploading service, they are just inter linked. You can use any Google service like YouTube, Orkut etc with your single Google ID.
    – Random Guy
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 6:19
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    Thank you for the explanation. I understand that you can use many apps with a single sign-on... it was the images from one service showing up in the other that was throwing me off.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 6:20
  • Ya, you got it right & you welcome :)
    – Random Guy
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 6:22
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    Rumor is that Picasa is to be shortly renamed to Google Photos. Whether it's also merged to the Photo app used by Google+ remains to be seen.
    – ale
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 13:43

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