Google Photos Brings New Features Such as Shared libraries and Facial recognition

Using its Knowledge Graph, Google cannot only identify the objects contained within a given picture or video but also other traits, such as a person’s facial expressions and their surroundings.

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Anil Sabharwal, VP Photos, came out to tell us about the three new features coming soon to Google Photos. However, this will remain a suggestion, and Google Photos will not automatically share these pictures with anyone without your consent. Now you’ll receive notifications after you’ve taken a bunch of photos with others that remind you to share those images with both the people in the photos and your loved ones.

Google Photos has to be one of Google’s greatest products and today it just got a whole lot better with the introduction of 3 new features aimed at making sharing and experiencing photos even easier.

All of these features are coming soon to Google Photos on Android and iOS. Problem is, all it takes is one mis-recognized face – something which, for all its AI smarts, still occasionally happens on Google Photos – and someone might see something you didn’t intend them to. Even better is to have them bound in a book that will always sit on your shelf so you can share it with your friends and family years down the road. In short, when Photos detects a given person, it automatically shares it with a pool of people the user has chosen beforehand. Or, perhaps worse still, that personal selfie you took and that got automatically backed-up without you realizing, suddenly gets flagged up as a new shared image. It also absorbed Picasa, a standalone photo manager Google bought in 2004, and its users. If you have an album of kiddy photos, you can create a softcover or hardcover book, then send it over to grandma. If there are several people in a photo, Google Photos can make a suggestion to send it to all of the photo’s subjects. There are now five reasons why Google Photos is better. The feature will be made available inside Google Assistant to help users obtain contextual information about objects by simply snapping them using their camera.

Every year at Google I/O, the annual developer conference in California, the company’s executives share their vision and plan for how new tech will seep into our lives over the next year.

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Now what used to take hours in front of a computer takes just a few minutes with Google Photos. Photo Books is available now on the Photos website and will launch on mobile apps next week.

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