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Google Photos to Get 'Favourite' And 'Like' Features Soon

The new developments emerge days after Google Photos was showcased with a bunch of artificial intelligence (AI) powered features at I/O earlier this month.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:May 23, 2018, 11:38 AM IST
Google Photos to Get 'Favourite' And 'Like' Features Soon
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The Google Photos development team has announced two new features coming to the service this week: a favourites function for tagging best pictures and heart button for liking snaps shared by friends. The first forthcoming feature lets users pick "favourite" photos from their own collections, simply by clicking a new star-shaped icon that will soon appear with each shot. These pictures can then be quickly and easily accessed in a new "Favourites" album.

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Mirroring social networks, Google Photos will also let users "like" photos shared by others by clicking on a heart-shaped icon. The more users decide to share photos, the more the service could morph into a kind of image-based social network. Indeed, all that would be missing is comments to make the service into an Instagram rival. Google Photos is a free and unlimited cloud-based storage service for photos and videos, with tools for editing and sorting pictures. Google Photos is available online and via a mobile application that's free to download from Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iOS).

To recall, for its updated news application, Google is doubling down on the use of artificial intelligence as part of an effort to weed our disinformation and help users get viewpoints beyond their own "filter bubble." Google chief Sundar Pichai, who unveiled the updated Google News earlier this month, said the app now "surfaces the news you care about from trusted sources while still giving you a full range of perspectives on events." It marks Google's latest effort to be at the centre of online news and includes a new push to help publishers get paid subscribers through the tech giant's platform.

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