Google Photos has been making some changes lately and adding some new features. Starting today, the app integrates a messaging service. This way, users will have a chat feature right in the app, which should make it faster to share photos and videos with friends.
Facebook has launched a new tool that lets you easily transfer all your photos and videos straight to Google Photos. The feature is only available in Ireland for now, but it will soon be rolled out globally, too.
Here’s an interesting twist of fate. Google Photos used to offer free unlimited original quality photo backup for the Pixel phones as a perk of owning one of the devices. This courtesy, apparently, hasn’t been extended to the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL phones. You’ll only be able to save compressed jpg backups to Google Photos on the free unlimited account.
It seems, however, that due to the file sizes offered by Apple’s HEIC/HEVC encoding, Google Photos doesn’t need to compress the files to optimise them for storage. In fact, recompressing them would result in a larger file. So, the original image quality captured by the iPhone is retained with the free unlimited storage on Google Photos.
Despite the fact that we live in the digital era, printing your photos is still a fantastic way to preserve your precious memories (or make a creative project). Google Photos has introduced a new feature that lets you order prints straight through the app and pick them from a local CVS Pharmacy or Walmart store the same day. Along with the new printing feature, Google Photos has some more changes, all revolving around reliving your memories.
Google has recently announced a handy addition to its Lens platform. From now on, you’ll be able to search your entire Google Photos library for the text that appears within pictures. It works for both screenshots and photos, and you can easily copy and paste the text into any document.
Not everybody around the world has the easy access to mobile data or high-end smartphones that some of us do, and for those people, many online services have cut down versions of their apps that run on lower-end phones and useless bandwidth. Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and even Twitter all have “Lite” versions of their apps for those users.
Now, Google has announced Gallery Go, a slimline version of Google Photos designed for working offline to help those on limited or unreliable internet in developing markets like Nigeria. And it only takes 10MB of storage space on their phone.
Researcher Robert Wiblin over at 80,000 Hours spotted something quite interesting about Google Photos recently. He noticed that privately shared links became publicly accessible. He told some friends who use Google Photos and they didn’t believe him. After all, why would Google allow such an oversight? Surely if you’re sharing privately with a specific person, then only that person can see it, right?
Apparently not. After doing a little digging, Robert was able to demonstrate that these privately shared links are publicly accessible from any Google account, or even if you’re not logged into Google at all – as shown when he was able to access a “private” shared link from an Incognito browser window.
Remember when Google cloud storage used to be quite simple? You had one account to which you uploaded pretty much anything and then it was available everywhere? Yeah, well, not so much anymore. Starting from July 10th, Google will completely separate Google Photos from Google Drive. This means that if you currently back up your photos to one of them, they won’t be there in the other.