Google Photos Archive Feature Goes Live

Google rolled a new Archive tool out to Google Photos today that helps you clean-up your main photo feed. Going forward, you’ll be able to toss photos aside that you may not want visible at all times without fully deleting them.

The new Archive can be accessed a number of ways. The easiest way to archive photos is to select a bunch, tap the top-right menu, and choose “Archive.” You can also swipe out the app’s side menu, look for the new Archive option, choose it, then tap the little image icon with the “+” sign in the top right, which will let you go through and select items for archiving.  (more…)

Netflix and Google Photos can Now be Linked in Google Home for Future Casting

During our Google Home review, we knocked the smart home speaker over its lack of Cast-able video or multimedia content as being one of its current flaws. We’re talking about being able to send over things like Netflix shows or Google Photos albums with your voice. At launch, Google only included YouTube casting, which is fine as a fun demo, but we all know the serious additions will be when players like Netflix, Plex, and some of the TV streaming services decide to participate. If recent additions to the Google Home app are any indicator, we could be close to that happening. (more…)

Google PhotoScan App Turns Your Old Photographs Into Digital Memories

A new application from Google called PhotoScan, which is part of a broader update for the Google Photos service, is making its way to Google Play.

With PhotoScan, Google is attempting to persuade anyone with a compatible smartphone to upload all of their old photographs to the Google Photos service. The process of scanning an old photo and uploading is made extremely simple, as a login for PhotoScan is not even required.  (more…)

Google Photos Will Now Create Animations From Videos, Fix Your Sideways Pictures

Four new features are available in Google Photos starting today, according to Google’s latest announcement. As the Photos team details, there are three new ways to see past experiences and memories, as well as a new way to fix all of those sideways photos in your albums.

Inside, users will now begin to see more throwback memories of people you have recently taken photos with. To give an example, if you and your partner have been together for years, Google’s machines will recognize this, then pull together an assortment of photos that feature the same people. Let’s just hope Google realizes she or he is possibly an ex and doesn’t make you too depressed.  (more…)

Google Photos Gets Faster Sharing, More Creative Automated Movies

An update is rolling out today to Google Photos on all platforms, one that will make it even easier to share photos with friends and put together more creative automated movies.

In the new update, which you will see in the video above, Google has turned the sharing functionality into a people-sharer, instead of an app-sharer. That make sense? In other words, instead of tapping the share button and then choosing apps to share through, you now get to choose people to share photos with. Google says they will then “take care of the rest,” which would mean Google deciding how to share with those people, be it though a phone number, email, or something else.  (more…)

Album Slideshows Come to Google Photos

Slideshows are now available through Google Photos within individual albums. To get started, open up the Google Photos app, go inside of an album then select a photo you want to start the slideshow with. Once you hit the three-dot settings button, the top option will be Slideshow. Once tapped, a slideshow of the photos will begin.

If you wish to project your slideshow to your HDTV, you can simply cast the show via Chromecast or Android TV. And yes, the Slideshow feature is available on your desktop computer, too.  (more…)