Google starts rolling out Shared Albums for Photos

Google starts rolling out Shared Albums for Photos
Along with the new Nexus devices and the recently released Google Play Music family plans, Google had another announcement a couple months back for shared albums in Google Photos. The announcement is official, and the shared album feature is beginning to roll out, though it is doing so in a strange way.

The idea here is pretty simple: many events in your life are going to be social, and you probably won't be the only person taking photos or video at that event. So, Google Photos will allow you to have a shared album and allow other people to add photos and video to the album. If you are one of the people on a shared album, you'll also get notified when new images or videos are added to the album. 

Oddly, it looks like some features you might expect are missing though. First of all, you can’t caption, comment on, or like items in a shared album; it is strictly look and download only. Additionally, all photos are automatically ordered chronologically, so it can be confusing to see what new images have been added. Lastly, word has it that the Auto Awesome feature to add a smile to someone who isn't smiling is only available on iOS right now, and not Android. 

We're pretty confident that Google will sort out these issues, but it's always hard to guess how quickly Google will add features, so we'll have to stay on the lookout. 

Google says the update will start rolling out to Android, iOS, and the web today, but if it is a normal rollout it may take a few days to hit your device. 

source: Google Blog



1. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

cool! comes in handy when your best friend likes to steal your galaxy 6 because the camera is amazing on it

2. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Yeah, it would be nice for that. Also for family events when everyone wants a copy of pictures. Hopefully they'll bring this feature to iOS and Windows so that Android users can get access to those higher quality photos.

3. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

They say this is already on iOS, but with added features. Except the iOS version doesn't even work properly for the most basic function of backing up images! Even on wifi and sync enabled. Something to do with the background processses, because it DOES backup when the app is open and screen on. Soon as you lock the device or press home, it stops backup process.

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