Google Photos hits a milestone of 1 billion installs from Play Store

Google's biggest service app, Google Photo has hit 1 billion installs on the Play Store. The company has managed to reach this number in about two years of its official launch.

Apart from providing free unlimited cloud storage, the app comes with machine learning features making it far more intuitive than most photo management apps.

At the recent Google I/O developer conference, Google had announced a new update for Photos which includes a bunch of new features. One of them is a social feature called Suggested Sharing. This is step ahead of Google’s facial recognition mechanisms that have been around for a while. The app can now suggest which photo(s) you should share with your friends and family.

The feature is similar to the one on Facebook’s standalone private sharing app, Moments. The Photos app will be able to identify the contacts that are in your photos and will then prompt you to share your photos with them. This notification also pops up shortly after you take a photo and once you respond, it automatically shares the photo with the people that it has identified. In case they don’t have the Google Photos app, it can send an SMS notification.

With the ‘Shared Libraries’ feature users can automatically share all or a certain selection of photos with specified people. Once you turn this setting on, it will automatically share photos with the designated contacts. If you don’t want to share all of your pictures, you can choose to turn on a feature which will only share photos containing a particular contact.

Lastly, the Photos app will suggest some of your best shots and offer you to get them printed as a photo books. The 7-inch softcover or a 9-inch hardcover book each of which can have about 40 photos selected by the app. The softcover will cost $9.99 (Rs 650 approx) and the hardcover will cost $19.99 (Rs 1,300 approx). By default it will come with 20 pages and each additional page will cost an extra $0.35 (Rs 23 approx) for softcover books, and $0.65 (Rs 43 approx) on hardcover books.

Published Date: May 26, 2017 06:05 pm | Updated Date: May 26, 2017 06:05 pm