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New Google Photos features - Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries and Photo Books

New Google Photos features announced at Google I/O 2017. Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries and Photo Books. Taking advantage of new Google Lens.

Published onMay 17, 2017

We take so many photos, we just forget to share. Google Photos has a few new features announced at Google I/O 2017 that aim to address just that.

Google Photos knows that you take over 1.2 billion photos and videos per day, but share only a few. They understand my issue, at least: I don’t have time to choose the right pictures to share. Luckily, this was made super easy today, let’s explore.

Suggested Sharing

This new feature helps you identify the best photos to share and even recommends the people you might want to share them with. Based on your past use, Google Photos builds the recommendations like you would have done.

With one tap after the fact you can share the new short album with whomever you want, and they can automatically add theirs to the album. Available across Android and iOS, and users without a Photos account can still view.

Shared Libraries

If you share your photos with new people, like a spouse, for example, the new Shared Library allows you to create and share images automatically. Select a time frame to begin and share specifics or your entire photo album. The recipient of the share through the Shared Libraries will see all future photos to the shared albums automatically as if they took them.

Further, AI is at play, you can set it up so that only photos with specific elements are shared. The example on stage is of sharing only photos that have the presenter’s children in them. Just select your parameters, your recipients and snap your images, Google Photos will handle the rest.

Photo Books

Take just a few minutes to build a new album of your favorite photos, or a group of photos from an event. Or add a large group of images and the auto album builder and Google Photos AI and it will help curate into a printable album. That’s right, a hard cover album printed and shipped to your door.

More info on Photo Books coming soon, stay tuned. But, prices are:

  • $9.99 for a 7-inch book with 20 page
    $19.99 for a 9-inch book with 20 page

Smart features

Don’t forget about the new Google Lens, it will help you identify the landmarks in your photos as you go. A great way to relive your last trip abroad, adventures to a museum and more. We have plenty of extra coverage on the new Google Lens over here, but know that the power of Google Photos is opening a new world of use for your images and photos.

Stay tuned for more from Google I/O 2017.