Google Photos rolling out Shared Libraries and Suggested Sharing

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The person you share with will even get a notification that new content is there to look at.

Google launched its photos platform at I/O two years ago, but at its recent developer conference in Mountain View it gave an overview of some new features that would be coming over the summer.

The suggested sharing feature brings with it a new dedicated navigation tab labeled 'Sharing.' Here you'll find a listing of all prior sharing activity, as well as suggestions of photos you haven't shared yet but may want to. There will also be suggestions of images that Google Photos thinks you may want to share with people. They make Photos an even more useful app than it was, even if there are a few quirks in its facial recognition. Will you use these features?

As noted, Google announced several important improvements to Google Photos at its I/O conferencelast month. One person may initiate the sharing, but Google Photos makes it easy for the other people who attended the event to improve the shared album by seamlessly adding their own captured memories to it.

These sharing options are all available from a new tab in the app, where you'll see your suggestions as well as the albums you've previously shared, or those someone shared with you. You can edit the album if you choose, then share with the people the app suggests, remove suggestions, or add others.


Also rolling out today is Shared Libraries.

This lets you either share your entire photo collection with someone else, or you can configure it to share only selected photos - for example, photos of your children.

Once you've shared your photo library with someone, they'll automatically receive a notification and be able to see new images that you take. Sharing works with SMS or email for contacts that don't have Google Photos, too.

Recipients have the option to automatically save all incoming photos or just select ones.

Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries are now rolling out on Android, iOS, and the web.

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