Our favorite photo storage app, Google Photos, has two new features that make it easier than ever to display your captured moments. The new additions, Shared Libraries and Photo Books, let you customize how you want to share your photos with loved ones and we're excited to get to use them.
Most people have a special someone that they share everything with. It may be a spouse, partner, parent or your best friend. You probably use text, email or AirDrop to send you photos, but now Google has introduced Shared Libraries, which lets you share your photos directly from your Google Photos library with one other person. You can give them access to you entire library or filter by images with certain people, places or things, or from a specific date. The recipient gets a notification when you upload new relevant images and can access them from the menu in a dedicated album. Your photo buddy can also choose to have all photos automatically saved — at which point they become part of their library. The feature will be rolled out to all platforms (iOS, Android and web browser) in the next few weeks.
We take billions of digital photos every year but many live only on our mobile devices. Google already creates albums, collages and videos based on the images you upload to Google Photos, but now it also offers something physical thanks to the new Photo Book feature.
In the past, creating a physical photo book was a laborious process. You could either print out a ton of images and place them into an album, or upload your images to an online service that would create the book for you. Google's new feature allow users to seamlessly create a printed album straight from their Google Photos Library.
The photo books can have up to 100 pages, each with an individual image displayed in one of three layout options — normal (horizontal or vertical with white border), full page square or square with white border. Don't worry about choosing the perfect images, if you select more than 100 images, Google will find the best shots, removing duplicates and poor quality photos, and then put them in chronological order based on the time they were taken. Before you print, you can verify Google's selections. You are also able to add or remove images, adjust the order and change the image layout as you create your album. Thanks to Google's search technology, your images are already organized by people, places and things, making it easy to select the photos you want included in your photo book.
Photo Books are available in softcover (starting at $9.99) and hardcover (starting at $19.99) options. Access Photo Books using your web based , and they will be available on iOS and Android apps soon.