Google Photos

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Google Photos

A photo and video sharing and storage service from Google that was spun out of the Google+ social network in 2015. Superseding Google's Picasa service, images and videos are backed up to the Google cloud and synchronized to the user's browser and Android and iOS mobile devices. A limited amount of storage is free with paid services for 100GB and 1TB.

Whenever users shoot photos on their Android phones or connect a memory card or camera to a Chromebook, images can be automatically uploaded to the cloud. They can be organized into new or different folders and automatically grouped into stories that allow narration by the user. Five or more photos taken one after the other can be viewed as an animated sequence.

Identify by Content
Photos can identify images by content. For example, one can search by a proper name, by common names such as beach, car or dog, or by choosing a thumbnail from a selection that is offered. Photos can also group images by face, and images can be edited and shared. See photo sharing site, Picasa and Google+.

People Summary
Google Photos presents the users with a summary of the people who are in their pictures, and clicking a face displays all photos with that person in it. Even faces of manikins or characters in a painting are identified.
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In an official tweet, Google Photos confirmed that optical character recognition (OCR) is now supported for photos which are uploaded.
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Open Google Photo App > Tap search bar at the top of screen > Type in search criteria > Scroll through results for your photo
On Wednesday, Lieb asked users what they want to see next from Google Photos - new features, bug fixes, performance improvements, etc.
After taking a selfie while sitting in the public library's computer lab, I accessed the image using the Google Photos app already installed on my phone.
Google prompts users to enable it when they are setting up services - traffic alerts in Google Maps, for example, or group images tied to location in Google Photos. If you have Location History turned on, Google will collect your data as long as you are signed in to your account and have location-enabled Google apps on your phone.
I use Google Photos, which automatically backs each shot to the cloud, compiles photos into albums and includes a tool for removing images from the device.
An added bonus is, if you receive pictures to your Android tablet via WhatsApp, then they will automatically be saved in photos, and therefore Google photos, if set up.
Google Photos and thousands of smart home devices can be voice-controlled with the Hub.
You can watch video (obviously optimised for YouTube), get hands-free help in the kitchen, see slideshows of your Google Photos, and access data from your Google account.
And if you don't want to flood your feed with bikinis and beaches, you can easily go back and find all your snaps later by simply looking for a collection on Google Photos. Here they can be safely stored for free (just one of the benefits of Android One running on the Nokia 7.1), meaning your holiday memories last long after your tan fades!