In an update today, the Google Photos (Android, iOS, and on the web) team is rolling out a couple of new features- one that will help you share your memories, and one that might make you shed some tears.
The first of the two new features is helping you share your videos stored in Google Photos with friends and family. Sharing videos can be a bit cumbersome right now, but Google has come up with a solution to sharing your videos across email, through SMS, and within the app. When tapping the share button within Google Photos and choosing to share with an email address associated with a Google Photos account, the recipient will receive a notification in their Google Photos app. If they aren’t a Google Photos user, they will get an email with a link to the shared media instead. Phone numbers will work much the same with the recipient receiving an SMS with a link to the picture or video you’ve shared.
Google is taking the responsibility off you when you share pictures or video. You can share amongst many different contacts all with their own method of contact (email, phone number, Google photos member), and Google smartly shares it to each individual contact.
The Google Photos team is also expanding its automatic creations efforts. If you’ve used Google Photos for any period of time, you know that the app will occasionally notify you of a picture it may have auto-awesome’ed or a video it may have put together for you, but now, Google Photos is doing even more.
In the example below, you can watch your kids grow up through the pictures and videos you captured that reside in Google Photos. I love my daughter a lot, and I’m not afraid to admit that sometimes I get a little choked up when I look back at some of our precious memories. I have no doubt this new feature will produce a few tears as you look back on some fond memories from years past.