Google, over the years, has been innovating a number of aspects of the way the markets of technology function. It has been a couple of years since they introduced Google Photos. This app has been quite popular and has been used by hundreds of millions of users over the years. At the Google I/O 2017, Google introduced a number of updates for the app, which make use of Google’s machine learning technologies to deliver a better experience. Let us take a closer look:
Google Photos will now recommend users to share photos quickly and easily. Google makes use of machine learning to know how regularly a user shares photos. Upon determining the frequency, the app will automatically prompt the users to share the photos on its own. Over the years, Photos has gained a facial recognition ability which allows it to know all the people on your phone. This suggested sharing feature takes it to the next level.
It now makes sharing easier and faster for the users. This feature had been spotted in the code of Photos a few weeks ago. However, it has officially been announced now.
Photo Books from Google Photos
Another new feature that has been gained by Google Photos is that of creating photo books. This concept is based on the fact that people do like to have some copies of their favorite memories in print as well. While there are a large number of third party services, apps and websites that offer creation of photo books, Google is providing this feature officially, giving it more credibility, and giving the users a greater independence and customization abilities.
The feature is rolling out for the web version of Photos today, and would begin rolling out for the iOS and Android apps next week. Photo Book prices will begin at $9.99 for a 20-page softcover book and $19.99 for a hardcover book. This photo book service is only available to users in the United States right now, however, more countries will be added soon.
Google Lens Integration
Another update that comes to Google Photos is that of integration with Google Lens. This feature was announced at the Google I/O 2017 as well. Google Lens is basically an add-on to the Google Assistant which provides the users with information about the pictures they click. You can click a picture of famous artwork, common items, iconic landmarks, etc, and Google will identify and show you relevant information. It also allows translation of text, and much more.
In their latest update, Google Photos too, supports Google Lens now. Basically, this means that if you click an image using the Google Lens, Google will show you similar images from Google Photos that you have clicked in the past. This is yet another Google feature that makes heavy use of machine learning technology! This feature will be rolling out later this year.
Google also introduced the Android Developer Preview 2 at this event.