Automatic Sharing update to Google Photos couldn't possibly end badly

Part of the process involves mining your previous shares to help suggest new photo shares via a new shares tab in the app. You simply pick a set of pictures from a vacation, a wedding, or just a really good weekend, and Photos will automatically suggest the best photos out of that group and give you the option to buy a softback or hardback scrapbook of those best images.

Like everything else Google is working towards lately, these new features revolve heavily around machine learning and AI, like the Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries feature that were both announced.

Soon you'll be able to order printed books of photos, automatically share some or all photos with a significant other, and get automated suggestions about what to share and with whom based on clues like location and face detection.

Believe it or not, but Google Photos has 500 million users worldwide.

When you send it to the recipient, they can then choose the images they want and Photos can detect photos in their library from the same event, and then offers them the chance to share them back.

All the new features will be coming to the web, Android and iOS versions of Google Photos over the new few weeks, except for album printing which is available on the US web version immediately.

Shared libraries is the other new feature that takes a more intimate approach to suggested sharing.

No more. Google Photos wants to make photo books as easy as the rest of their photo service with Google Photo Books. That means that quite a few people have the app, and it's quite likely they know you and you know them. Peruse Google Photos and create physical books of your shots, starting at $9.99.

As the name implies, Google Photos will suggest you contacts with whom you should share photos with.

We all shoot way more photos than we actually share, and that's a shame, because among the thousands of pics that everyone's hoarding are a couple gems that deserve some time to shine.

Google also announced a number of new languages that the assistant supports, as well as the Google Assistant SDK for third party developers. The company envisions a world in which incredible photos are no longer left on people's phones because other pressing things in life got in the way.

  • Arturo Norris