BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The latest Google Photos update brings new features which make use of machine learning techniques to identify the friends in your photos and then share the pictures with them. The three new features in question are Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries, and Photo Books.
This is the first feature powered by AI technology. This tool allows the app to detect the faces in photos, identify the friends they belong to, and then suggests you should share the picture with the identified friend.
Some users might find it pushy, as Google Photos automatically identifies faces and offers sharing suggestions. However, it asks for permission before sending a photo away to a friend. It does not share any content automatically, but it makes it easier for you if you do not want to keep the images just for yourself.
This one works after a different mechanism. Initially, you can choose several other friends you want to share photos with. For instance, they can be your parents, who might want to see photos of their grandchildren, or your significant other, who wants to know how your pet is doing when they are away.
Then, artificial intelligence steps in. Depending on who you chose to share photos with, the mechanism will select the suitable images and then share them in a common album. Also, this collection of photos will be features in the main library of your Google Photos account.
The third feature makes use of the same technology to organize a series of pictures on a selected theme into an album. Then, it orders a real-life photo album for you for $9.99. At the moment, this service is available only in the U.S.
In the end, Google Photos comes with incorporated Google Lens features, which identify objects in a photo and gathers information on the places captured in a snap. Google should start rolling out these features soon, both for Android and for iOS.
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