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. Facebook hopes people will use the tool to share a wider range of content that might all focus on a specific event or location. For example, users might create an album for a concert and stuff it with images and videos from the show, as well as status posts, and venue check-ins to provide a more well-rounded look at the overall experience. Moreover, people will be able to subscribe to one another's Albums and receive notifications when the Albums are updated with fresh content. Last, users can open up their albums to multiple contributors, making the idea of a concert album, shared with other friends who attend, more appealing. The new Facebook Albums feature is rolling out to Android devices and the web today, with iOS to follow later.
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.
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.
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.
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.