The new sharing features announced back at Google I/O 2017 are starting to roll out. As part of a new update to Google Photos, the app is gaining two new features starting today: Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries.
Starting with the former, Suggested Sharing is just what it sounds like: it suggests photos and videos for you to share with your friends. This is Google’s solution so you don’t forget to send that picture you took during the wedding or summer BBQ to your friend whether via Photos, email, or a phone number. It can identify faces, pick the best shots you took, and even create an album on your behalf.
As for the latter, Shared Libraries allows users to share either their entire or a part of their photo library within the Photos app with friends. “Let’s say Daniel wants to share his library with his wife, Leslie,” writes James Gallagher, engineering director at Google Photos. “Starting in the menu bar in the top left, he selects ‘Share your library’ and enters Leslie’s email address. He can share his entire photo library, or just photos of specific people, such as photos of Leslie, or photos of their daughter. He can also give Leslie access only to photos starting from a certain day, such as the day they first met.”
Again, this is another solution so you don’t forget to send pictures to anyone. Just by allowing them access to your library of photos, they can browse, download, and share as they please. The feature may prove to be a bit less useful than Suggest Sharing since it’s not always in your face, but it still sounds really convenient to use.
Both of these new features are rolling out to all users of Google Photos now, whether they’re on iOS, Android, or the web.