PhotoScan has received a minor update, bumping the app version number to 1.4 and adding features like options to turn off glare removal feature while scanning photos and easier sharing of scanned photos. The inclusion of an option to turn off glare removal allows for faster scanning of pictures, through scanning of printed photos with just a press of a button. Previously, users of the app have to take a picture at every corner of the printed photo, thus requiring multiple images to be taken per scan. When users decide to turn off the glare removal option, a single picture will be enough for the printed photograph to be scanned. Another time-saving feature included in the PhotoScan update is the faster and easier sharing of scanned photographs, made possible by including sharing options within the app itself. Before the update, people who want to share their scanned photographs in PhotoScan had to go first to Google Photos and then share their pictures within that app.
For those unfamiliar with the app, PhotoScan is a scanning app from Google that allows for easy digitalization of old printed photos and automatic backups in the cloud through Google Photos before the printed photographs totally deteriorate. To make the process of scanning photographs easier, PhotoScan uses algorithms which remove glare brought about by light sources during scanning, crop scanned photographs to its correct size, corrects perspective to straighten the photograph, and rotates images to its proper orientation. Google also ties the PhotoScan app to Google Photos, which unlimited "high-quality" backup features are useful for automatic backups of scanned photographs. In addition to its backup features, uploading to Google Photos allow for easier searching and organization, showcasing, among other features, the app's facial recognition feature.
Also mentioned in Google's announcement of the PhotoScan update is that there are almost 50 million photos already scanned using the PhotoScan app, which is already installed in at least more than 1 million devices since the application's public release last November 2016. PhotoScan was released as part of a major update to Google Photos, which also included editing controls and movie features. Since release, updates for the PhotoScan app added more features, which includes increased resolution of scanned photographs in select devices.