Google Photos, Google’s photo app, is getting several new features in an update announced by the company.
Photos will use its superior facial recognition tech to surface older photos of people tagged in recent photos taken by users with hopes of helping users relive their past memories and increase engagement. Back in May, Google announced that Photos had managed to net 200 million monthly users in its first year of existence.
Photos will also double down on the number of highlights it offers users. Microsoft’s recent update to OneDrive has seen the cloud storage service also increase the frequency with which it creates albums for users and as such offering Google’s photo app some much-needed competition.
For all of these features, you don’t have to do a thing – machine learning in Google Photos does the work for you. Cards will automatically show up in the Assistant tab of Google Photos when they’re ready.
One of the best features of Google Photos at the moment is how it knits several images to create some beautiful animations. Starting today, that won’t just be limited to still images. Photos will also make GIFs from videos.
The best news, however, may be this one: Photos will offer to “display correctly” any images that may have been taken sideways (happens all the time when you give your phone to someone else to take photos of you) hence removing the need to go to a photo editing app to rotate the image when sharing it to social media like most people do.
The app has received a couple of notable updates in the recent past including the ability to display photos in a slideshow as well as offering to delete from the cloud any photos deleted on local storage.