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How to Share Media in Google Photos Using the App's New Direct Messaging Feature

Wednesday December 4, 2019 1:23 pm PST by
Google Photos for iOS offers users several picture and video sharing options like live albums, shared libraries, and shared albums, and now Google has built a messaging service into its Photos app that makes it possible to share individual snaps and video clips as part of an ongoing conversation. Why Add a Messaging Service to a Photos App? Previously, sharing individual photos through the...

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Google Admits Some Private Videos in Google Photos Were Sent to Strangers

Tuesday February 4, 2020 2:19 am PST by
Google has emailed some users of Google Photos to inform them that some of their private videos were accidentally sent to strangers, reports 9to5Google. The "technical issue" is said to have affected people who used the Google Takeout service to download their data between November 21 and November 25 last year. The problem resulted in a small number of users receiving videos in their archive...

Google to Fix 'Bug' That Lets iOS Photos App Users Upload HEIC Images for Free

Monday October 21, 2019 2:09 am PDT by
Google has said it will patch a "bug" in Google Photos that enables iPhone users to store pictures in the cloud in their original quality without counting toward their Google Drive storage limit. Currently, the Google ‌Photos‌ iOS app happily uploads photos in Apple's efficient HEIC format without requiring them to be converted from "Original Quality" to "High Quality JPEG." The reason is...

New Google Photos 'Live Albums' Share Pictures of People and Pets Automatically

Wednesday October 10, 2018 2:59 am PDT by
Following yesterday's Google event, the company is rolling out an update for Google Photos that introduces a new feature called Live Albums. Powered by Google's facial recognition algorithms, Live Albums allow users to create albums that are automatically updated with pictures from their library of a specific person or pet. Once an album has been tagged as a Live Album, it can be shared...

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

Tuesday May 22, 2018 1:25 am PDT by
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, ...

Google Lens Currently Rolling Out to iOS via Google Photos App

Friday March 16, 2018 4:42 am PDT by
Google has announced that its previously Android-only Google Lens feature is now rolling out to iOS users who have the Google Photos app installed. First unveiled last year at the Google I/O 2017 conference, Google Lens uses the company's image recognition and machine learning algorithms to identify the subjects of photos and videos and present additional helpful actions and information to...

Google iOS App Now Responds to Voice Searches in Multiple Languages

Friday December 1, 2017 2:48 am PST by
Google updated a couple of its most popular iOS offerings late on Thursday, including bringing multilingual support to its namesake app. Users of the Google Search app can now search by voice in multiple languages. The option needs to be enabled first for it to work – to do this, go to Settings, tap "Voice Search", then tap "Language" to select additional languages. (There are over 50 to...

Face Detection in Google Photos App Now Recognizes Cats and Dogs by Name

Tuesday October 17, 2017 1:51 am PDT by
Google updated its Photos app on Monday with a new facial recognition feature that lets users organize pictures of their family pets more easily. Since it was launched, Google Photos has employed facial recognition to identify humans and help users sort their snaps by friend or family member, similar to how Faces works in Apple Photos. The latest version of Google's own photos app builds...

Google Backup and Sync App Updated With APFS Support for Macs Running High Sierra

Thursday September 7, 2017 4:26 am PDT by
Google this morning quietly updated its Backup and Sync client app with APFS support for Macs running the latest macOS High Sierra beta. The change, first spotted by Piunikaweb, means users of Google Drive and Google Photos can now take advantage of the new Apple File System (APFS), which was introduced in High Sierra. APFS replaces HFS+ and unifies the file system across macOS, iOS, tvOS, and ...

Google Launches 'Backup and Sync' Mac App for Google Photos and Google Drive

Wednesday July 12, 2017 5:47 pm PDT by
Google today announced the launch of Backup and Sync, a new app for Macs and PCs that's designed to back up files and photos safely in Google Drive and Google Photos. The new app is meant to replace the existing Google Photos desktop uploader and Drive for Mac/PC. To use Backup and Sync, Google Drive/Photos users just need to download the app and then choose the folders they want to back up....

Google Photos App Update Brings Long-Awaited Apple TV Streaming Feature

Tuesday April 25, 2017 2:34 am PDT by
Google continued its steady improvement of the Google Photos app this week by adding the ability to wirelessly transmit photos and videos to an Apple TV on the same network. Coming almost two years since the app's debut on iOS, the feature addition in the version 2.14 update has been a long time coming, but it does mean users can now stream their Google Photo libraries to big-screen...

Google Photos and Duo App Updates Coming For Users in Low Connectivity Areas

Thursday March 23, 2017 2:20 am PDT by
Google announced a couple of notable updates for its Duo and Photos apps yesterday at the company's São Paulo event, where it pitched the features as ideal solutions for users in Brazil who live in low connectivity areas. Google Photos received two new features to make photo backup and sharing easier when using the app in locations with poor network coverage. Photos now backs up images...

Google Photos Can Now Fix Sideways Snaps and Generate GIFs to Share

Thursday October 13, 2016 2:26 am PDT by
Google has announced a few notable updates to its Photos app, with some new features powered by its machine-learning technology. The app can now automatically generate animated GIFs from videos you upload to the service. Google says its technology looks for video segments that capture activity – "a jump into the pool, or even just an adorable smile" – and creates short animations that can ...

Google Photos Update Brings Faster Sharing and Movie 'Creative Concepts'

Tuesday September 20, 2016 3:53 am PDT by
Google has announced it is updating its Photos app to make sharing photos and videos faster, with a new movie-making feature based on creative concepts also on the way. Usually, Google Photos users who want to share photos in the app have to call up the iOS Share Sheet and select which app to share through. Photos now offers an arguably faster alternative to that, with a new option that lets...

Google Photos App Gains 'Motion Stills' Stabilization Feature for Enhancing Live Photos

Friday September 9, 2016 3:53 am PDT by
Google has integrated the technology from its Motion Stills app into Google Photos for iOS, enabling users of the latter to benefit from the Live Photos stabilization feature without having to download another app. Google's Motion Stills feature uses advanced stabilization and rendering to further manipulate Apple's Live Photos – pictures taken on supporting iPhones with a second and a half...

Google Photos App Updated With Burst Photo Support and New Cropping Tool

Thursday July 14, 2016 3:39 am PDT by
Google has updated its mobile photo and video cloud storage app Google Photos with a couple of new features, including burst photo support and a new cropping tool. The 1.12.1 update means users can now make full use of the iPhone's burst mode capability by holding down on the app's on-screen shutter release button, as well as crop newly shot photos on the fly. In addition, the company...

Google Photos for iOS Adds Live Photos, iPad Pro Support

Tuesday March 8, 2016 3:23 am PST by
Google has released an update to its Google Photos iOS app that adds support for Live Photos, the camera feature available to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners that captures sound and motion just before and after the moment a still photo is shot. The official support means users can now store, view and organize Live Photos separately from their device's Camera Roll inside Google's app. Once...

Google's Free, Unlimited Google Photos Service Now Available on iOS and Web

Thursday May 28, 2015 2:15 pm PDT by
At its I/O developer event this morning, Google announced a new Google Photos platform that's designed to compete with both photo sharing sites like Flickr and cloud services like iCloud Photo Library. Google Photos is cross platform and available on iOS, Android, and the web. Both the iOS app and the web service are now live, letting those in Apple's ecosystem make full use of Google Photos....