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Google Photos adds suggested sharing, shared libraries, photo books

Google Photos adds suggested sharing, shared libraries, photo books

Today's news comes from Google chief executive Sundar Pichai on stage at the company's I/O developer conference.

"You can give them access to your full photo library or, if you prefer, only photos of certain people or from a certain date forward", Google explains.

With all the people who will be now sharing photos with you, Google also wanted to provide you with a new way to store them too. In the Photos app, you'll be able select if you want a soft or hard cover Photo Book, choose a ton of photos from your collection, then Photos automatically picks out the best and lays them out in the book. It's kind of a freakish thing for Google to get involved in (and the photo albums look awfully generic), but hopefully Google will continue to build on what they've started here.

Like everything else Google is working towards lately, these new features revolve heavily around machine learning and AI, like the Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries feature that were both announced.

As with sharing suggestions, shared libraries seems to make it easier for you to passively share images with those who matter most. With this feature, you can share your entire photo library with very important people like your partner. This marks a fairly big expansion of Google Photos capabilities and in such a short space of time.




Google Photos is a massive service, with millions of users worldwide uploading over a billion photos a day. Although many of us now use online services such as Google Photos in order to memorialize our lives, a lot of our photos come before the advent of free/cheap online photo hosting services. The feature allows the recipient of a shared library to select certain photos from your library to add to their own personal library. The cool thing is that because the Google Home now supports multiple users, Google will recognize your voice and use your specific number and contacts to make the call.

All of the newly announced features build on the machine learning features at the core of Google Photos.

As we reported previously, Google Lens is coming to Google Photos.

Wouldn't it be great if every single photo you took of your kid was shared automatically with your wife or family members?

More info on Photo Books coming soon, stay tuned.


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