Google Photos Adds New Ways to Share for its 500 Million Users

Google Photos now has over 500 million monthly users, backing up over 1.2 billion photos and videos everyday, says the company. Today at Google I/O, the company announced three new ways to share photos with Google Photos.

First is ‘Suggested Sharing’, which uses machine learning to automatically select photos and makes suggestions on who to share them with, based on the people in the images. Google says “just tap send”, and your friends will see the photos, plus be reminded to share theirs too. This feature is set to debut on iOS, Android and the web in the “coming weeks”.

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Second, is ‘Shared Libraries’, which makes it even easier to share photos with loved ones. You will be able to grant full access to your photo library, or only pictures of particular people, or from a specific date forward. This makes it really handy to share pictures of your kids with spouses and family, which will be able to automatically save these photos to their library and vice versa. Shared Libraries also includes movies, collages and other creations made by Google Photos.

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Lastly, Google has introduced ‘Photo books’, bringing back printed albums to the masses. These photo books will be automatically organized by people, places or “things that matter.” All you have to do is select photos, and Google Photos will automatically find the best images, while also removing duplicates and the bad ones.

Unfortunately for Canadians, Photo books is only for the U.S., with the web launching today and iOS and Android next week. Pricing starts at $9.99 for a 20-page softcover and $19.99 for a hardcover book. When will Canada get Photo books? Google went on to say “We’ll bring photo books to more countries soon.”

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[Related: Google Assistant Coming to iPhone; Google Home Launching in Canada]

Click here to download Google Photos for iOS—It’s a saviour for those with 16GB iPhone models, as you’ll be able to access unlimited storage for your pictures and videos.

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  • It’s Me

    Always amazed at how much info people will hand over for free to a company whose primary business model is to collect and monetize as much data on them as possible.

  • Patrick D

    Is there a way to share the whole library with a kid (in Read Only) so my daughter can have all our family pictures/videos on her iPad mini? She is 4 1/2 y.o. I want her to have access, but not be able to delete anything!

  • BigCat

    Completely agree! The true cost of free is much higher than people realize. This is just one of those things that will take years for people to understand.