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Google Photos Gains Shared Libraries, Suggested Sharing, and Photo Books

Three new features for Google Photos were announced during today’s keynote at Google I/O: Shared Libraries, Suggested Sharing, and Photo Books. 

With Suggested Sharing, a user will be notified automatically when they have a photo that Google Photos thinks they should share with a friend. For example, if you have a few photos from a camping trip with your buddy Ennis, Google Photos will recommend you share those photos with him.

Continuing on, Shared Libraries is another way to share photos automatically with those you care about. As an example, if you and your partner want to create a shared library, photos taken of your children will automatically be loaded into there, with you no longer needing to manually share them and place them in a particular folder. As Google explains, “You can give them access to your full photo library or, if you prefer, only photos of certain people or from a certain date forward.”

Both Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries will be available “soon” on Android.

Lastly, Photo Books will allow you to take a number of your digital photos and transform them into physical, giftable books of memories. If you have an album of kiddy photos, you can create a softcover or hardcover book, then send it over to grandma. For pricing, a 20-page softcover book starts at $10, while a 20-page hardcover book goes for $20. Photo Books will be available to desktop users in the US starting today, followed by Android and iOS next week.

Via: Google
  • Ken Bosse

    I really wish they would bring this sort of functionality to Google Play Music. It would be pretty awesome to have a shared library or playlists that that my friends could listen and add to in real time. It could work basically the same. I add a friend via a gmail account to be able to access my library/playlists on demand. They can add a song they found to a shared playlist that we have and I can get a notification or a recently added type of list to see what’s been added. Being able to stream or see what was in a shared users library would also be pretty cool, the musics up in the cloud anyway.
    If somehow this already exists please fill me in.

  • Jon

    Updated to Android O on nexus 5x and updated google photos and the google photos logo is gone from the app icon on my home screen.

  • trixnkix637

    Going after Shutterfly with Photo Books eh? I’m not mad at it.

  • Rojo623

    I wish they would add a highlights, or star feature. So i can pick the ones I love and make them pop out somehow.

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  • JSo

    I think I still like shared albums better. I’d rather pick the photos I want to share rather than have them shared automatically.

    • Rojo623

      is that feature gone now?

  • KleenDroid