Google Photos is now 500 million users strong; new ways to share photos and videos
Announced two years ago, Google Photos has come a long way forward and has now become the first choice for many users when it comes to photo management on handheld devices. Google Photos user-base has been increasing at a rapid rate and is now a family of more than 500 million people.Google today announced three new ways to share and receive pictures and videos for the Photos App.
Google Photos and now, more than 500 million people use it every month, backing up more than 1.2 billion photos and videos per day.
People often take pictures and videos and forget it or find it too cumbersome to share the media with their friends or family. To alleviate users from this problem Google introduces ‘Suggested Sharing’. This feature will automatically select the right photos, and even suggest who you should send them to based on who was in the photos based on machine learning. The user will only have to tap send to complete the action. All sharing activities will be seen in the Sharing Tab which will soon roll out on Android, iOS and web devices in the coming weeks.
With Shared Libraries, Google wants to help you share photos effortlessly and automatically with one other person. The user can give them access to the full photo library or, if one prefer, only photos of certain people or from a certain date forward with that particular person. So if you want to share all photos of your kids with your spouse, you can now do it effortlessly. Shared Libraries too, will roll out on Android and iOS in the coming weeks.
With Photo Books, Google wants to bring the nostalgia related to printed album books without the hard work. Making an album involves finding pictures, selecting a few out of hundreds, printing the selected photos and making a photo album now. Google wants to eliminate all the hard work involved and wants to do all these things from the selection of photos to print them for you. Google will automatically select the best photos and suggest Photo Books to you so that all you have to do is place an order for them. Photo books are rolling out today in the U.S. on the web, and on Android and iOS next week, starting at just $9.99 for a 20-page softcover book and $19.99 for a hardcover book. It will roll out to other countries soon.
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