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Google Photos update to include album collaboration and more

by Brandon Russell | September 22, 2015September 22, 2015 10:00 am PDT

Although Google released a new update for Google Photos just last week, it sounds like more big features are coming to the service soon. An APK teardown performed by Android Police reveals Google Photos could get features like album collaboration, people labeling, and Chromecast support, which may or may not have to do with Google’s rumored Chromecast update coming next week.

The three new features are pretty self-explanatory. With something like album collaboration, Google Photos will make it really easy for multiple people to contribute to a single album. As of now, Google Photos is a very singular experience, allowing users to backup their photo libraries to share with friends and family. The new collaboration tool would keep that same motif, but introduce an option to allow friends and family to modify an album. Something like this would be great for trips, weddings, birthdays, etc.

The ability to label people, meanwhile, is pretty much just how tagging in Facebook works. Google Photos has a magical ability to recognize faces, though you can’t actually attach names to pictures. That’s apparently going to change in a future update, with Android Police pointing to the pertinent evidence buried deep within the APK.

Lastly, Android Police says Google Cast support is on the way, which seems like a natural evolution of the service. And it makes perfect sense with rumors of a second generation Chromecast on the way, which we should hear more about on Sept. 29, when Google is holding an event in San Francisco.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...