Google Photos, the popular photo service that allows users to back up and share photos and videos, has started to roll out an update on Android devices.
Google Photos mobile app's most recent update adds a new filter for Motion Photos, New Photo Book notifications, and a shortcut to auto-share photos with friends and family members. The latest features can be found in Google Photos APK update version 3.13, which started rolling out to Pixel 2 owners and compatible Android handsets.
Motion Photos New Search Filter
Google introduced Motion Photos, as a way to compete against Apple's Live Photos back in November. Previously, Google Photos app didn't have a filter option for Motion Photos, which made it more challenging for users to find the exact photo they were looking for and the exact date they captured the image. Now Google's latest mobile app update makes things easier by adding a search filter, helping users find Motion Photos they've captured.
Like taking a picture, Motion Photos allow users to capture short video clips with a tap of a finger that lasts a few seconds.
New Photos Book Notifications
The company announced it will offer photo books in Google Photos mobile app during Google I/O. Google has added three new notifications to its Photos Books, allowing users to find out about special deals for buying printed books, projects in drafts, and ideas for creating new photo books.
"Once you select the photos, Google Photos will find the best shots for you — removing duplicates and poor quality images," said Google. "All that's left for you to do is make a few tweaks and place your order." The company even promised to suggest personalized photo books for individuals, whether it's from a trip to the Grand Canyon, quality time with family, or even playing with pets.
Like any notifications, there's always a way to turn them off. Users can simply go to Settings, Notifications, and then turn off notifications for Photo Book promotions.
Google Photos Becomes A Standalone App
Google Photos was originally integrated with Google+, where it was considered a popular feature, instead of its own mobile application. With Google relaunching Google Photos, the company was able to provide a way for users to back up and share their photos straight from their smartphone.
The idea was to offer a free storage option so users can keep copies of their photos for both sharing with friends and printing images.