But notice how only the photos with the kids showed up in Jess’s main view. But because I shared my entire library with her, I can simply go to the menu, and Jess can now see all of the photos, including the one with all of you. And that’s how easy sharing can be in Google Photos.
Spend less time worrying about sharing your memories and more time actually enjoying them. Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries will be rolling out on Android, iOS and Web in the coming weeks.
Finally, we know sharing doesn’t always happen through apps and screens. There’s still something pretty special about looking at and even gathering around an actual printed photo. But printing photos and albums today is hard. You have to hunt across devices and accounts to find the right photos, select the best among the duplicates and blurry images, upload them to a printing service, and then arrange them across dozens of pages. It can take hours of sitting in front of a computer just to do one thing.
Thankfully, our machine learning in Google Photos already does most of this work for you and today we’re bringing it all together with the launch of Photo Books. They’re beautiful, high quality with a clean and modern design. But the best part is that they’re incredibly easy to make, even on your phone. What used to take hours now only takes minutes. I recently made a book for Jess on Mother’s day, and let me show you just how easy and fast that was.
First, thanks to unlimited storage, all my life’s moments are already here in Google Photos. No need to upload them to another website or app. Now, my favorite way to start a book is to use people search. Since this is a Mother’s day gift, I’m going to simply find photos of Jess, Ava, and Lily. There they are. All right. I thought I took more photos of them.
All right. So why don’t we just go and pick another set of photos? Dave, if that one is not coming up. It will be a fun Mother’s day gift for her. She’ll get a different surprise. So I’ll select a bunch of photos here and the good news is I don’t have to figure out which are the right photos and which are the good ones because this is where Google Photos really shines. I’m just going to go head and hit plus, select Photo Book, I’m going to pick a hard cover book, we offer both a soft cover and a hard cover and notice what happens. Google Photos is going to select the best for me, automatically suggesting photos, 40 in this case. How awesome is that? And it’s even going to go ahead and lay them all out for me. All that’s left for me to do is make a couple tweaks, check out, and in a few days I’ll end up with one of these beautifully printed photo books. And soon, we’ll make it even easier to get started, applying machine learning to create personalized photo books you’ll love.
So when you go to photo books from the menu you’ll see pre-made books tailored just for you. Your trip to the Grand Canyon, time with your family during the holidays, or your pet or even your kids’ artwork all easily customizable. We’ll even notify you when there are new photo book suggestions. Photo Books are available today in the US on photos.google.com, and they’ll be rolling out on Android and iOs next week and we’ll be expanding to more countries soon.
I am really excited about this launch, and I want all of you to be the first to try it out. And that’s why everyone here at I/O will be receiving a free hard cover photo book. It’s a great example of machine learning at work.
So those are the three big updates related to sharing in Google Photos: Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries, and Photo Books. Three new features built from the ground up with AI at their core. I can’t wait for all of you to try them out real soon.
Now, before I go, I want to touch on what Sundar mentioned earlier, which is the way we’re taking photos is changing. Instead of the occasional photo with friends and family, we now take 30 identical photos of a sunset. We’re also taking different types of photos. Not just photos to capture a personal memory but as a way to get things done. White boards we want to remember, receipts we need to file, books we’d like to read. And that’s where Google Lens and its vision-based computing capabilities comes in. It can understand what’s in an image and help you get things done. Scott showed how Google Lens in the Assistant can identify what you’re looking at and help you on the fly.
But what about after you’ve taken the photo? There are lots of photos you want to keep, and then look back on later to learn more and take action. And for that, we’re bringing Google Lens right into Google Photos. Let me show you.
So let’s say you took a trip to Chicago. There’s some beautiful architecture there, and during your boat tour down the Chicago river, you took lots of photos. But it’s hard to remember which building is which later on. Now by activating lens, you can identify some of the cool buildings in your photos, like the second tallest skyscraper in the US: Willis Tower. You can even pull up directions and get the hours for the viewing deck. And later, while visiting the art institute, you might take photos of a few paintings you really love. In one tap you can learn more about the painting and the artist. And the screenshot that your friend sent you of that bike rental place, just activate lens and you can tap the phone number and make the call right from the photo.