I believe that most people print photos only on special occasions once in a Blue Moon. But the new Google Photos test subscription wants to make photo printing a habit. It helps you select the ten best photos you took every month. It will then order prints for you, and they will be delivered to your address.
According to a report on 9to5Google, the “monthly photo prints” subscription program will cost $7.99 per month. At this price, you get 10 photos automatically selected by the app “from your last 30 days of photos.” They will be turned into 4×6 prints on matte paper with a 1/8-inch border. Packed in a cardboard envelope, your ten best monthly shots will be delivered to you every month.
Although Google Photos automatically makes the selection, you will be able to pick the category for your monthly prints. The subscription offers these three categories:
Mostly people and pets: Relive your best moments of people and pets. Get prints featuring them and other great photos every month.
Mostly landscapes: Revisit your most memorable places. Get prints of your outdoor shots, city scapes, scenery pics, and more sent to you every month.
A little bit of everything: Mix it up! Get a mix of all your best moments! Photos of people, landscapes, and other photos delivered to you each month.
It looks like you won’t be able to select the photos yourself, but you can edit the selected photos before they’re sent off to printing.
Google Photos printing service isn’t a totally new thing. It was first introduced in 2017, and some new features came a few months ago. Last fall, direct printing at CVS and Walmart was enabled across the US, but the concept is different than the latest test subscription.
First of all, this new test feature delivers photos straight to your address, which is certainly a plus. And second, it automatically picks the images that will be printed. I personally would prefer having control over the images I print, but I believe that the test subscription was developed to make printing less time-consuming for users, yet have them print their precious moments and save them in a tangible form.
According to 9to5Google, the new Google Photos print subscription is currently in its trial phase, limited to the US. Some of you will see a banner reading “You’re invited to the monthly photo prints trial,” and you can join the trial. If you’re one of the “chosen ones,” let us know if the subscription works for you and if you like it or not.