Google will reportedly start start showcasing date and location data for images pulled from Google Photos and displayed on smart home displays or Chromecast. For clarity, those are the images that are showed on Google or Nest Home Hub devices or on Chromecast-connected or -enabled displays. Specifically, the photos that users have stored in Google Photos and have chose to show on their smart displays.
After the change, the images will be accompanied with the details similarly to how stock photos showcase the information.
Details can be completely hidden from showing on smart home displays, too
Now, the details are pulled from the metadata stored alongside images on Google Photos. It won't necessarily change the way those details are stored.
So there appears to be very little chance that users data will be made public from this change if that's not something they want. But some users are likely not going to want to display those details anyway. Even if they will provide a bit more contextual information for the photos they're are choosing to display. That way, users will be able to better remember what was going on when they snapped the image.
Google is accounting for that by including straightforward controls right in the Google Home app. The controls are, summarily, housed under the “Personal photo data” preference options under Photo Frame settings. That's the same location for the Weather and Time details to be hidden or shown. And, just like those other settings, users can simply tap "Hide" or "Show" to see the details appear.
When exactly does this arrive and why is this being announced now?
Google's decision to announce the arrival of this feature early likely traces back to concerns some users will have about privacy. In fact, it's already rolling out notifications explaining the incoming change too. But details about photos won't be arriving for smart home displays as soon as some users might hope. In fact, it won't be landing until September 15.
It will likely take some time to roll out from that point as well. Although, as a server-side change like most others Google rolls out, the wait won't be as long as for a standard app update.