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Magic gallery with every new device wallpaper shows Google Photos’ weakness

Magic gallery with every new device wallpaper shows Google Photos’ weakness

Today we were graced with the gift of a gallery that magically updates whenever a new smart device is released. This gallery seemed to be giving us every wallpaper from every major smartphone over the past several years. It was made by a stick figure man by the name of Umeda Ishan, and at first it seemed pretty great, in a web browser, on a desktop machine. But once we get to the mobile app, everything went wrong.

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Google Photos might’ve given your videos to someone else

Google Photos might’ve given your videos to someone else

Google Photos, like many storage services, offers a data export tool that allows users to download all of the photos and videos they have stored on Google's servers. Officially called Google Takeout, Google has started notifying users about a security flaw that was present in the export tool late last year. It's a big one too, as it included videos belonging to other users in some export archives.

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Google Photos will send you 10 photo prints monthly for a fee

Google Photos will send you 10 photo prints monthly for a fee

All but the most invested Google users will probably remember that it does more than just search the Web or manage your emails. Although not as famous or notorious as the nearly defunct Flickr, Google Photos has become one of the quickest ways to fill up your Google Drive and pay for expanded storage. Now the company is looking into another possible revenue source that will leverage its photography AI prowess and the fact that it already has your photos anyway.

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Google Photos video zooming is coming soon

Google Photos video zooming is coming soon

There are numerous apps in the Android ecosystem that present users with a view of their photos, including those from manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei. Many, however, prefer the "pure" experience that Google's apps deliver, even if they're sometimes lacking in features. One such feature seems to be coming to Google Photos really soon and, even if small, could give Android users one less reason to use other gallery apps. Which, of course, means more users for Google's cloud-centric service.

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Google Photos messaging feature makes it easier to share images

Google Photos messaging feature makes it easier to share images

It's about to get a whole lot easier to share photos and videos stored in Google Photos. Starting today and rolling out over the next several days is a new Google Photos update that brings support for private messaging. Users are no longer required to download content and share it with contacts using a different app, nor do they have to continue creating and sharing albums that feature only one or two pieces of content.

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Official Facebook transfer to Google Photos tool revealed

Official Facebook transfer to Google Photos tool revealed

Today Google showed off the first version of a tool that'll allow people to transfer Facebook photos to other services. With this system, Facebook's begun work with Google Photos in Ireland. That means that while the tool is out in a very early test version, users will not be able to access said tool until it's rolled out to their region.

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Google Photos gets support for manual face tagging

Google Photos gets support for manual face tagging

Months after the feature was first revealed, Google is finally rolling out manual face tagging support to its Google Photos app. The feature builds upon Google's existing face detection algorithm, enabling users to manually specify which person the system has automatically detected. Users will know they have access to the feature when a pen icon appears in the 'People' section in the image's EXIF panel.

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Google Photos markup editing tool appears for some users

Google Photos markup editing tool appears for some users

It seems Google plans to add yet another tool to Google Photos that'll make it easier to get things done directly within the mobile app. Some users have spied the arrival of a new markup tool that enables users to draw and write on images without having to toggle to a different markup app, making it simple to scribble out content, highlight or circle objects of interest, and more.

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Pixel 4 officially ends free Original Quality Uploads to Google Photos

Pixel 4 officially ends free Original Quality Uploads to Google Photos

While users can still upload Original Quality media to Google Photos with the Pixel 4 - and other devices - the unlimited storage bit does not apply. This is not the first time Google's removed the original major selling point of the Pixel lineup - it's just the first time it's come as a sort of a miniature shock. The first time this happened, it was with the Pixel 3a.

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Google Photos’ new Memories are private AI-curated stories

Google Photos’ new Memories are private AI-curated stories

Google has pushed out an update for Google Photos, adding a new 'Memories' feature that creates galleries with content from past years to highlight memorable moments. This feature is similar to the videos generated by Facebook and select other social media platforms, offering a brief look at the best parts of a particular time period, such as the previous year, as well as memorable events.

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Google Photos prints with CVS and Walmart: Ordering details

Google Photos prints with CVS and Walmart: Ordering details

Today we're looking at Google Photos latest update that includes new collaboration with CVS and Walmart for photo prints. Google Photos has access to soft and hard-cover books as well as prints of photos at "11,000 locations with print centers across the U.S." as of this week. As it is with any photo printing service via your phone or computer, this service has some fine print details which you'll want to become familiar.

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Google Photos app hints at new same-day prints feature

Google Photos app hints at new same-day prints feature

Google may be preparing a new Google Photos feature that enables users to order photo prints with same-day availability. The potential new ordering option was discovered as part of an apk teardown, hinting at an expansion of the photo books purchasing option revealed back in 2017. The printing may include a canvas prints option.

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