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Google Photos makes it easier to find images of your pet cat or dog

Google Photos makes it easier to find images of your pet cat or dog

Google Photos is making it easier for users to find pictures specifically featuring their pets, eliminating the need to search for things like 'dog.' The change is arriving for 'most countries' as of today, and it works by grouping together images that feature dogs and cats. By doing so, all of the pictures of your beloved pet are in a single place, which can be further customized to make finding these shots easier.

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Why Google Pixel 1 may become Priceless

Why Google Pixel 1 may become Priceless

Today we found out that the Pixel 2 does not have the exact same "Unlimited Google Photos Uploads at Original Quality" deal that came with the first-generation Pixel. One year after launch, I remain positively shocked that Google's continued their Unlimited Google Photos Uploads at Original Quality deal with the original Google Pixel, to be entirely honest. I thought there's be some sort of catch - sort of like the catch that's included with the Pixel 2.

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Pixel 2’s unlimited Google Photo Storage isn’t going to last forever

Pixel 2’s unlimited Google Photo Storage isn’t going to last forever

Just as shatterproof doesn't exactly mean scratchproof, unlimited doesn't mean forever either. At least, unlike ISPs, when Google says "unlimited", it does mean "unlimited". But, of course, there's always a catch. Google promised would-be Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 owners unlimited "full resolution" cloud storage on Google Photos when it announced the new phones. It didn't, naturally, mention on stage footnote #2, which basically says that such is true only until 2020.

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Google Photos’ 2000 image limit for albums is gone

Google Photos’ 2000 image limit for albums is gone

If you're a heavy Google Photos user, good news: it appears the 2,000 image limit for albums on the service has been eradicated, or at least reduced to some degree. Users are reporting the ability to add more (in some cases, considerably more) photos to albums that have hit the previous 2,000 limit, indicating Google has silently eliminated the restriction.

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Android Gallery app: for those that don’t like Google Photos

Android Gallery app: for those that don’t like Google Photos

An open-source gallery app called, simply, "Camera Roll - Gallery" has been released for Android. I should say "has been "unreleased" because it's not quite ready for prime-time yet, but it's got so much potential, I can't wait to tell you about it. This app is super simple, was designed with Material Design principles in full effect, and it's free to download and use. Basically it's a return to the basic Gallery app for Android users who don't ONLY want to use Google Photos.

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Google Photos shared libraries feature is rolling out now

Google Photos shared libraries feature is rolling out now

In mid-May, Google announced a new inbound feature for Google Photos called Suggested Sharing; with it, users are presented with sharing suggestions made possible via machine learning. That feature is rolling out to users this week, the company has announced, making Google Photos even easier to use; the shared libraries feature is rolling out, too. Once it arrives on your own phone, you'll be prompted to share certain photos with your friends, and the entire process will only take a single tap.

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Google Photos backup settings change has users up in arms

Google Photos backup settings change has users up in arms

At Google I/O late last month, the tech giant boasted how its artificial intelligence and machine learning advancements permeates a good number of its apps and services. One of those was Google Photos, which took no small amount of the applause at the keynote. Some, however, might now want to revoke that applause. Google showed how smart Google Photos is and it is now practically saying it is now smarter than its users by removing the option to backup and sync photos only when the phone is plugged in.

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Google Photos suggests to archive photos of receipts, docs

Google Photos suggests to archive photos of receipts, docs

While people love taking photos with their smartphones, not everything we capture would probably fit in what many would consider “photographs”. Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones, it has never been easier to capture anything and everything, which means you eventually accumulate cruft in your photo albums. Thankfully, Google Photos, with some intelligent help from Google Assistant, can now suggests which of your photos you may want to archive and which ones to keep on your phone for quick access.

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Google Photo Books can now be designed and ordered on iOS & Android

Google Photo Books can now be designed and ordered on iOS & Android

Google Photos was one of the big tentpole features to be highlighted at the company's I/O 2017 keynote last week, and Photo Books were one of the neat new additions to the service. It basically allows users to browse their photo collections and select images to be added to a physical picture album that will be printed and mailed to their door. Now Google has updated their mobile Photos apps, so you can create your photo albums right from an iOS or Android device.

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Google brings family sharing to YouTube TV, Calendar, Keep, Photos

Google brings family sharing to YouTube TV, Calendar, Keep, Photos

As they say, sharing is caring. But when you're running a family, sharing is really the only way to stay sane and keep on top of things. In this highly digital and mobile age, family members amass tons of information and are themselves bombarded with data. Corralling all these into one place accessible to each and every member of the family is sometimes more work than it's worth. Thankfully, Google has introduced new sharing features to its apps and services, making YouTube TV, Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Photos a family affair as well as a personal one.

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Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

At a Google I/O where the Google Assistant held center stage, it was a service I'm already deeply committed to, Google Photos, which arguably made best mainstream use of the growing AI. Like Google's most successful products, the integration between the Assistant and the cloud photo service ignored technological showboating in favor of just plain useful features that address real sharing hassles users experience every day. Indeed, as nudges to sharing goes, it's hard to see how Google Photos could now make it any easier without bypassing the human user altogether.

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Everything from the Google I/O 2017 opening keynote

Everything from the Google I/O 2017 opening keynote

Google's keynote presentation for I/O 2017 has come and gone, and in the span of about two hours, Google covered a lot of stuff. The keynote today included announcements for services like Android, Google Photos, and Google Assistant, but it also had its share of new reveals as well. If you weren't around for the keynote, then have a look at our refresher here for everything you missed.

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