Google Photos is going to completely take over your online photos. This is not scare mongering, it is the truth. That is, if the latest update to the photo organization app works the way Google software engineers intended.
The Google Photos team must have a very good idea how people generally treat digital photos. Normally what we do can be summarized thus: we just snap away, view the picture, and then save it in our smartphone if we like it. The process is repeated for hundred of subsequent shots. We hardly ever go back to look at them a second time. The result is, we tend to have hundreds of pictures gathering digital dust in our photo gallery. We only look at them again if we are extremely bored or want to show a stranger our awesome life as captured by our hopefully, awesome smartphone camera.
There are so many advantages to having the Google Photos app on your smartphone. Its advanced technology, including a face recognition software helps you sort out photos. But the new update makes it even better. What is does is this: it creates a new album for you according to how important the photos are. Behaving like a real person, the update would actually recognize the photos you consider the most important based on how frequently some faces appear and linked to whether the faces are smiling or have their eyes open.
Not only that, it uses its geotagging feature to arrange the photos according to where and when you took the shots. The most important aspect is the ‘where’. Working with a database of 255,000 landmarks, Google Photos can easily recognize the places your photos were shot and arrange them accordingly. Scary?
Here is what Google said about the new update in the official blog:
“Starting today, after an event or trip, Google Photos will suggest a new album for you, curated with just your best shots. It’ll also add maps to show how far you traveled and location pins to remember where you went—because it’s not always easy to recall the late-night diner you hit on your road trip, or which campsite you pitched the tent in when arriving after dark.
You can add text captions to the album to describe the view from the small hill huge mountain you climbed, and turn on collaboration to let others add their own photos. Or if you want to create one yourself, any existing album can now be customized with maps, location pins, and text. Voilà: You have a beautiful album ready to share.”
It is not up to a year since Google Photos was launched as the smartphone version of Picasa, the PC photo software which Google is finally laying to rest. Google Photos proved to be a hit among users and has seen more than 100 million people actively using the app monthly. And with the killing of Picasa, Google Photos would surely see more users joining the bandwagon.
This new Google Photos update has one underlying message for users of the app, snap as many photos as you wish on your next vacation, field trip or camping, just leave the sorting out to your trusted Google Photos. Creating new albums from hundreds of random photos just got a whole lot easier.
The Google Photos update was rolled out yesterday on all platforms. So, it is already live for people to start using.
Watch the video of how you can get the best from Google Photos below.
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