Google Photos Gains 'Favorite' Feature and Shared Album 'Hearts'

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Google Photos is set to plug a couple of holes in its basic feature set over the next few days, bringing it in line with similar functions available in Apple Photos.


Up until now, the cloud-based photo service has lacked the ability to favorite photos, but that's about to change. Google says it's rolling out an option for users to tap a star in the upper right of any photo in their library, and the photos will be automatically added to a new Favorites album.

Google Photos will also soon let users "heart" photos that have been shared with them, which essentially functions the same way the "Like" button does in Apple's Shared Photo Albums, adding a touch of social interaction to the service.



Google has promised additional Photos features powered by some AI innovations the company showcased at its I/O event earlier this month. They include suggested quick edits to improve images, color pop, and the ability to colorize old photos.

Google Photos is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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28 months ago

Is this still macrumors? Sure seems to be an increased amount of non Mac headlines/coverage.

Says a lot about Apple's recent string of innovations. Oh wait....
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28 months ago
Is this still macrumors? Sure seems to be an increased amount of non Mac headlines/coverage.
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28 months ago
Yeah, but it still has Google’s algorithms and who-knows what else crawling all over your family’s photos.

Love iCloud Photo Library.
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28 months ago
Whilst some of what they showed off at the recent I/O (particularly colouring old black and white photos) looks pretty cool, I could never trust google to manage my family photos.
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28 months ago

Yeah, but it still has Google’s algorithms and who-knows what else crawling all over your family’s photos.

Love iCloud Photo Library.

After the initial long upload to Googles unlimited storage, Google photos very impressive. The accuracy of search is amazing as well (as one would expect from them). I understand privacy concerns, but this is the world we live in now. Something is always parsing the data no matter who you are with and what they claim.
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28 months ago

Is this still macrumors? Sure seems to be an increased amount of non Mac headlines/coverage.

A post of this type comes up from someone in various articles here and there for years and years--so, yeah, it's still MacRumors, just as it has been for a long time.
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