Google Photos, one of the most popular and regularly updated products from the company could soon let you manually tag faces it doesn’t recognize. Of course, it is not possible for the app to recognize all faces in your library, and that is what makes adding a tag feature so important.
Product lead at Google Photos David Lieb made this known on Twitter in an unusual open Twitter dialogue per Engadget. Lieb had asked users what change they would love to see added or made to Google Photos. Though, he emphasized that no promises were being made as a result of asking people to make their request known, he nonetheless gave information on what to expect from Photos in the next updates.
Among upcoming features and changes mentioned by Lieb in the conversation that lasted for hours is that Google Photos plans to add a manual face tagging feature. This feature will allow you to tag faces the app doesn’t recognize. In other words, Google is asking for a helping hand for its app in terms of identifying some “strange” faces.
Hi Twitter! It's no-meetings week at @googlephotos and I've got a couple hours free. Tell me what you want to see next from Google Photos! New features, bug fixes, performance improvements, you name it. (No promises but very open minds!)
— David Lieb (@dflieb) July 2, 2019
A few other features are also being lined up for release in the foreseeable future, some of which are currently only available on the web. You will soon be able to search for recently uploaded photos on mobile. Photos is also currently working to let Android users delete photos while in album—a feature that is currently only accessible on iOS and the web.
No exact date has been fixed for the arrival of the features—still, it is not certain that those features suggested by users during the Twitter open conversation would be adopted. That said, the fact that Lieb was able to come up on Twitter to have an open conversation with users is commendable.
A couple of weeks ago, Lieb reacted to a call-out on Google’s radio silence on Colorize who responded by tweeting that the feature was still a work in progress. While Lieb later tweeted that a beta version of Colorized is on its way; the exact timeline for the release is not yet known. That said, it will be a great idea to have a feature that will bring your old black and white pictures back to life.
A couple of months ago, Google rolled out the ability to crop documents in a new update that will further make Google Photos more relevant to its users. Google Photos is already very popular as it is, and adding more useful features like this one will further strengthen the app’s position among competitors.
All these and many more are the reasons why Google Photos continue to edge competition, and may keep doing that for many years to come.