Google Photos is Google’s service that lets you both back up and share unlimited high-quality photos and videos for free. However, at their IO developer conference, they announced a few changes.
First of all, let’s take a look at a common use case. We all have documents and sometimes we take a photo of them and send that photo to whoever we need to. Google Photos will be able to see that there’s a document in a photo and convert it into a PDF.
If you have a photo that’s in black and white, you will be able to add some colour to it. On the other hand, let’s say you have a photo of someone and you want to make them stand out from the background. You will be able to make the background turn black and white and leave just the person coloured in.
Another interesting idea is to do with recognising people in the photos that you take. However, to take this idea a little bit further you will be able to send photos to that person. Suppose it’s photos from a wedding, Google Photos will be able to recognise a person, find them from your contacts and send it to them.
All of these changes will be available in an upcoming update to Google Photos in the next few months.
I like the idea of taking a photo of a document and having Google Photos convert that into a PDF. Will this mean one less reason to have a scanner? Well that remains to be seen.
Let’s move to the idea of recognising a person in a photo and being able email them those photos. Again, it sounds pretty cool on paper but I will have to see this in action for myself.
All-in-all I will say that I am cautiously optimistic. I will not pass my judgement on these features just yet.