Alongside the announcement that they already have around 500 million users, they are also bringing 3 new ways of sharing: suggested sharing, shared libraries, and a new service called photo books, which is exactly what it sounds like. Let's talk about each briefly.
And if it does not use facial recognition or object identification when you upload new photos to Google Photos, it can not really help you with the sharing functionality. This is done using artificial intelligence, face recognition and all sorts of insane software wizardry. If one of them doesn't have Google Photos installed on their device (the app is available for Android and iOS), they'll be sent a message prompting them to download the app and see the photos you've shared with them. That means a shared album with photos from all the people that were there. Here's a quick jaunt through what's new with Google Photos, as well as some of the new features that are coming later this summer. It uses machine learning technology to remind you to share the photos with everyone else and suggest you to send them to others based on who is in the snaps. All they need to do then is tap on the send button. These features have been added to encourage its veteran users to share photos while inspiring the uninitiated to switch to the service and take advantage of what it can do.
Shared Libraries is the second feature, and is aimed at couples, families and close friends. Of course, your spouse would love to automatically receive every photo you take of the kids. So they can use this feature to give access to their full photo library to a family member or special friend.
Once you choose the photos you want to share via Google Photos and the recipients, those people will get a notification that photos have been shared with them. It takes the smart albums concept of Google Photos and goes one step further by offering to create and mail you a physical copy of your pictures. If I've got a problem with it, it's that it does well with humans but not so well with cats, and frankly that's probably what I'd be more likely to make a new Photo Book of. They're handsome, high quality, with a clean and modern design. For example, you can search for smiles, and the app will show photos that include people smiling. Creating them is as simple as selecting an album or a bunch of images in Google Photos. All that's left for you to do is make a few tweaks and place your order. Straight up front, the feature will only be available in the US from today but they are planning to expand to "other markets" soon. Photo books come in soft cover or hard cover, and start at $9.99 per book.
All the aforementioned features (except Google Lens) are available for both Android and iOS starting today.