Google will maintain the original resolution up to 16MP for photos and 1080p high-definition for videos, and store compressed versions of the photos and videos in print-quality resolution.

Commenting on the launch, Anil Sabharwal, head of Google Photos, said: "Photos and videos become littered across mobile devices, old computers, hard drives and online services (which are constantly running out of space).”

"With this launch we've made a lot of progress towards eliminating many of the frustrations involved in storing, editing and sharing users' memories," he added.