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Google Improves Photos App with Better Ways to Share

18 May, 2017, 21:27 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Google Photos gets a trio of new sharing features, thanks to the magic of machine learning

Finally, Google will integrate Lens in to Google Photos.

With the suggested sharing feature, you will get new sharing suggestions without much effort. The way the service works is instead of having to select certain photos and share them manually, the new feature will allows users to automatically share photos taken with assigned contacts and these contacts will be suggested to you by Google's machine learning technology.

But still, it's useful to have a physical, hard copy of your photos.

Shared libraries is the other new feature that takes a more intimate approach to suggested sharing.

Photo BooksBeautiful books in just a few taps. Once you select the photos, Google Photos will find the best shots for you-removing duplicates and poor quality images.

This new feature is now being made available via the Google Photos website and will come to the Android and iOS app in the coming weeks. Photo Books will start at $9.99 for a 20-page softcover book and $19.99 for a hardcover book. Unfortunately, many people (myself included) often forget to do so. This is where the artificial intelligence bit will come into the picture (quite literally), and will automatically add the concerned photo to the shared library.

Sharing powered by facial recognition: A new Sharing section will automatically create a collection of photos, say from a weekend camping trip, and suggest people to share them with based on facial recognition. Google briefly showed off a powerful "content aware fill" feature that left people wide-eyed and clapping furiously. And because Google's algorithm is theoretically smart enough to analyze the content of a photos, it won't share things like the picture of the sandwich you had for lunch or that time you spilled coffee on your shirt. You can choose the subset of images you share, back to a certain date, or only including certain faces. You'll be able to search through those pictures without having to navigate to a particular photo album, too, and with the machine learning engine working behind the scenes in Google Photos, any extra, non-interesting photos you snap won't be filed in there.

Anil Sabharwal demonstrates updates to Google Photos during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference on May 17, 2017 in Mountain View, California. All you need to do is select your picks and place your order. Tell us all about it in the comment section below, or or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.


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