Google Photos adds 'stories'-like private archive

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 13, 2019

The trend of adding an Instagram-like "Stories" bubble at the top of apps rolls on, with Google's Photos app now the latest to jump on the bandwagon. In a blog post today, Google confirmed these features, and they also talked about a new feature called "Memories".

Earlier this week, we detailed a new feature in the Google Photos app that would let you order same-day prints from Walmart or CVS and order large, Canvas-style prints. However, your Photos collection is likely much more private than whatever you are sharing on social media, so you're much more likely to get that warm fuzzy feeling looking at your personal photos than you are from looking at your vanity shots.

Previously, rediscovering older photos that you may have forgotten involved delving into the Assistant tab at the bottom of the Google Photos app. The company describes them as the stories format you've seen in social media, but using only the pictures and videos you've uploaded to your account and meant only for you (and whoever you allow) to see.

The photos are curated using machine learning to discover photos that are probably meaningful and are of good quality. The Memories in Google Photos will be displayed at the top of your gallery, similar to how you experience Stories in Instagram and Messenger. Google used the example of trying to find a photo of a carrot cake recipe and literally just searching for words in the recipe.

The new first of the new features, Memories, is created to fight the problem of sorting through hundreds or thousands of photos.

As with the 4×6 prints, you can pick your photos, select your size, and pay for your order all from inside the Google Photos app.

"Memories" seems like it will continue to follow the cadence of the "rediscover this day" feature - which is to say, it won't remind you of every photo you've taken on every single day.

Canvas prints start at $19.99 and come in three different sizes, 8×8, 12×14, and 16×20, so they work for all types of spaces.
This new feature sounds similar, but it'll encompass multiple years and will be right up front in your photos area.

All of these new features, aside from the new photo messaging tool, are available today on both iOS and Android. Direct messaging is supposedly rolling out "in the coming months".

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