It’s a new era for Google Photos as the photo app clocks 500 million active users—and that in itself is an achievement. It is indeed a great achievement when you consider the number of apps providing almost similar services these days. Of course, one has to take into account the fact that the name Google always rings a bell; but the fact that not every app from the Mountain View California-based company has been that successful.
Anil Sabharwal, Vice President Google Photos said:
“Two years ago we introduced 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. Today, we’re announcing three new ways to help you share and receive the meaningful moments in your life.”
Along with announcing to the world that it now has 500 million users, Google also introduced three new features to make sharing and printing on the app easier and interesting.
Everyone, and that includes you, will soon be able to order printed books of photos when using the app. You will also be able to share all photos automatically with a significant order, get automated suggestions about what to share based on clues.
Suggested Sharing, as Google calls its new feature, will help you share and receive all those important photos—and yes, it saves you the stress of having to manually do it by yourself. This feature is based on Google’s machine learning technology—and will remind you to share, and automatically select the right photos, suggest who to send it to according to who is in the photos.
Suggested Sharing is easy to use, simply tap the send button, and your friends and family will see all your photos. They will also get a reminder from the app to share their photos too. “Now all the photos of that birthday dinner or weekend trip are in one place, including—and especially—the photos you didn’t take,” said Sabharwal.
The new Suggested Sharing feature can be located in the app’s new Sharing tab, which will be rolling out on Android, iOS and web in the next couple of weeks.
Shared Libraries is a new addition to Google Photos that allows you to automatically send and receive photos with one other person. Sharing photos with someone means you have to grant access to your full photo library to the individual. However, you can place a restriction on the kind of pictures you want the person to have access to.
It’s now easier to print out your favorite photos with a new feature called Photo Books. Simply select the photos that interest you, and Google Photos will find the best shots for you. This will be done by getting rid of duplicates and images that are of low quality. On your part, you will be responsible for making some minor tweaks and place your order.
Unlike the other two features [Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries], Photos Books is only rolling out to users in the US, and has a starting price of $9.99 for a 20-page softcover book and $19.99 for a hardcover book.