Google Photos has been receiving a lot of attention lately from the development team, whether it's been adding new and improved controls for better photo editing on the web app, or finally making it possible for slow-motion videos to be exported with the correct speed for the portions of the video that have been slowed down. Both of those changes were useful improvements, but today Google is taking one of the better features of Google Photos, the smart album creation, and is making it even better than it was before. More specifically, the album creation functionality is becoming more intelligent.
With smarter photos albums, users will be able to do less work, giving them more time to actually enjoy the photos they've taken. Today's changes will focus on times when people take trips or attend events, and no matter how many photos are taken during these instances, Google Photos will recognize that the user has experienced a series of special moments and suggest a new album with a specially curated collection of the best pictures. In addition to curating albums with the best photos of the lot, the app will now be able to add pins to the various locations which users have been during their trip so they will be able to remember where they went.
Also new, Google Photos will add Maps to the albums so users can visualize their trip distance and how far they've traveled from home, making the album more than just a series of pictures. Just like before users can also add captions to their pictures, and if anyone else was on the trip with them the album owner can share it so others can collaborate by adding in their own pictures to the mix. Google notes that adding maps, location pins, and captions can also be added to existing albums that are stored in Google Photos prior to these changes. Smarter album creation will be pushed out to Google Photos apps across all platforms including iOS, Android, and the web, so users will be able to utilize these new tools from anywhere. Although changes are being pushed out today, it doesn't guarantee that all users will see these changes in Google Photos today.