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Technology Google’s great Photos app is now a chat app, too

02:25  04 december  2019
02:25  04 december  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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Google ’ s Photos app is a fantastic way to manage your library of photos , with so many bells and whistles that include easy tools to add filters and effects, combine photos into albums and movies, and compile photos into a nice printed book that makes for a great gift.

An argument could be made that Google has over-indulged in its creation of way too many messaging apps in years past. But today’ s launch of a new messaging service — this The company is rolling out a way to directly message photos and chat with another user or users within the Google Photos app .

Google’s Photos app is a fantastic way to manage your library of photos, with so many bells and whistles that include easy tools to add filters and effects, combine photos into albums and movies, and compile photos into a nice printed book that makes for a great gift. The app also brings Google’s first-class AI chops to bear, helpfully tagging and sorting your photos so that you don’t need to do the extra work, as well as providing easy searchability that makes the app a Gmail-like service, but for Photos.

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Meanwhile, Google is also adding yet another feature to the app that — granted, it might make some of you roll your eyes, since it’s related to messaging (and Google’s mobile messaging strategy has kind of been all over the place). This new chat feature being added to Google Photos, though, definitely makes a lot of sense, supports more photo-sharing between users, and you can check out what it looks like in action below.

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The Photos app now allows you to chat with your friends about the pictures you've sent them. You can seemingly also like photos within the chat or download them to your own Photos library to access later. The dedicated chat will likely also make it easier to keep track of which content you've shared

An argument could be made that Google has over-indulged in its creation of way too many messaging apps in years past. But today’ s launch of a new messaging service — this The company is rolling out a way to directly message photos and chat with another user or users within the Google Photos app .

“We’ve heard from some of you that (sharing photos) could be a simpler experience, so now when you share one-off photos and videos, you’ll have the option to add them to an ongoing, private conversation in the app,” Google Photos product manager Janvi Shah writes in a Google blog post by way of explaining the new feature. “This gives you one place to find the moments you’ve shared with your friends and family and keep the conversation going.”

Here’s what it looks like to use the new feature within the app:

As you can see, all you need to do is simply tap on a photo or clip you want to share, select the user(s) you want to send it to within the app, and you can add a message as well — which produces a chat transcript that looks just like what you see within texting and messaging apps. Be that as it may, though, Google is also proactively pointing out that while this new feature provides an easy way to like photos or comment within your conversation (and you can also save these photos or videos to your own gallery), “This feature isn’t designed to replace the chat apps you already use, but we do hope it improves sharing memories with your friends and family in Google Photos.”

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An argument could be made that Google has over-indulged in its creation of way too many messaging apps in years past. But today’ s launch of a new messaging service — this The company is rolling out a way to directly message photos and chat with another user or users within the Google Photos app .

An argument could be made that Google has over-indulged in its creation of way too many messaging apps in years past. But today’ s launch of a new messaging service — this The company is rolling out a way to directly message photos and chat with another user or users within the Google Photos app .

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Google says the new chat/sharing feature is rolling out to users over the next week, so don’t fret if you don’t see it live yet today. Also, it will be supported on both iOS and Android, as well as on the web.

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