Google's Photos Assistant is an amazing tool, most of the time. For starters, it's not too obtrusive, offering users a different take on their photos and videos when it thinks it has spotted a special event or image that is worth a little extra effort. But there's also a problem.
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Lens is Google's experimental, camera-powered search engine, but up until today, the service was buried inside Google's Assistant and the Google Photos app. Lens still isn't getting its own standalone app, but now Google is merging the feature into the default camera apps on a handful of Android devices, including the Pixel. With new prominence, Google is updating Lens with a handful of features that should land on your phone sometime "over the next few weeks".
Last month, Google rolled out its innovative Google Lens app to most Android phones. Here's how to get the most out of its visual-recognition abilities.
For years you've been saying you're going to scan all the photos you have in shoeboxes in the basement. Now's as good a time as any. There are a few smartphone apps that will help you with this so you don't need to pay someone or drag out a scanner to do it, but Photomyne and Google's recently released PhotoScan are the two top choices.
Android: In your default camera app, there's probably a shortcut to your phone's gallery app so you can quickly access the pictures you just took. If you'd rather use the awesome Google Photos app, there's an easy way to add a shortcut to your camera.
We've seen Raspberry Pi-powered photo booths before, but Make takes it a step further by adding in a touch screen and automatic uploading to Google Photos.
We already know that the Raspberry Pi makes a great photo frame, but DIYer Paul Stamatiou took it another step and integrated in Google Photos.
One of the best things about Google Photos is that it's easy to find a photo by searching, but today the service made it even easier to find that specific shot you're looking for. They have also added editing tools for Google's auto-generated movies that let you use your own music and add photos to them.
Google Photos has a ton of awesome ways to edit your pictures. However, when you make a change, the app makes you save a copy to preserve the original. Now, Photos can make changes and preserve the original without clogging up your albums.
Google Photos is pretty killer for managing all your photos, but it sure would be nice if you could share entire albums, right? Now you can. Better yet, you can even choose to let other people submit their own pictures to a shared album.
Last month, both Google and Yahoo introduced big changes to their photo storage services, Google Photos and Flickr (4.0), respectively. Both offer identical, useful features: automatic photo backups, intelligent organisation, online editing tools and sharing capabilities. So which one should you use?
Google announced Google Photos last week, a new photo-hosting service that combines everything great about Google+ Photos with unlimited free storage for high-quality photos and HD videos. Whether you're trying it for the first time or logging in to see what's different, here's what's new and how to make the most of it.