Verizon Updates Cloud App with Smart Albums
Verizon Wireless has improved the Verizon Cloud app for Android devices with new features called Smart Albums and Print Shop. Smart Albums can automatically select the best photos and videos to create albums based on events and locations. The albums can then easily be shared across social networks. Further, a collaboration with RealNetworks lets Verizon Cloud app users automatically generate video montages that are set to music, called RealTime Stories. The app allows users to customize the montages with their own video and music selections, as well. The Smart Albums are free to use, but RealTime Stories will cost $1.99 per month after January 2, 2016 (free trial until then). The Print Shop makes it simple for Cloud App users to print photos stored in the cloud, as well as create albums, canvases, and framed prints from Photobucket. The Verizon Cloud app is meant to help customers back up their phone's content (contracts, photos, videos), transfer that data to new devices; share media with others; sync messages back 90 days; and access files across devices. It is free to download from the Google Play Store. The service comes with 5GB of free storage, but Verizon will sell additional storage starting at 25GB for $2.99 per month. The new features make it a more function media management tool.
Comments and Smart Suggestions Come to Google Photos
Google today said it is making Google Photos more social for both Android and iOS devices. The latest version of the app adds commenting and smart suggestions to shared albums.
Google Further Automates Photos' Creative Powers
Google is improving its Google Photos service by boosting the product's ability to automatically create and annotate albums. Google says Photos will suggest new albums, featuring the best shots, after events/trips are synced online.
Google Photos Debuts Suggested Sharing, Photo Books
Google today made it easier to share photos with others. The new suggested sharing tool relies on machine learning to recognize faces in photos and match them with known contacts.
Facebook Wants Albums to Become Destinations
Facebook is rolling out a change to its Albums tool in order to make them more social. Moving forward, Albums can store not only photos, but also videos, news stories, status updates, location check-ins, and more.
Google Introduces Google Photos
Google today announced Google Photos, another attempt by the company to help people get a handle on their photos and videos. Google wants Photos to serve as users' central repository for all their photos and videos, make it easy to manage and edit them, and make it easy to share and save the photos that matter.