Google took to the stage at its big developer conference, Google I/O, on Wednesday and announced several new features in Google Photos.
And we have to say: the updates are pretty robust.
The updates came with a feature called Suggested Sharing, an addition powered by machine learning that suggests who you should share certain photos with. Part of the process involves mining your previous shares to help suggest new photo shares via a new shares tab in the app.
Another feature the company rolled out is Shared Libraries, which lets you automatically share photos in certain categories with friends and family. The feature allows the recipient of a shared library to select certain photos from your library to add to their own personal library. Using this feature, Google Photos can also automatically save photos of certain people to the recipient’s library.
The company also demonstrated how the software has recognition technology that can differentiate between, for example, a selfie with a large crowd and a selfie with the user’s children.
The company also announced Photo Books, which gives users an easy to use tool for creating paper photo albums you can keep offline. You can create a soft cover Photo Book for $9.99 or a hardcover Photo Book for $19.99. As an added treat to the announcement, Google gave out samples of the hardcover version of Photo Books at the event.
Finally, Google announced that Google Lens is also being integrated into Google Photos to bring the interactivity and object identification powers of Google Lens to the Photos later this year.
All the aforementioned features (except Google Lens) are available for both Android and iOS starting today.