Google Photos adds a chat feature to its app

Yolanda Curtis
December 4, 2019

Google Photos has been making some changes lately and adding some new features.

The company has a history of creating and later abandoning messaging services, but this one might be useful enough to stick around.

"This feature isn't created to replace the chat apps you already use", clarifies Shah, "but we do hope it improves sharing memories with your friends and family in Google Photos".

Keep in mind, though, that this feature is available to users with a Google account only, as they will need to be signed in to send or receive messages on the Photos app. Then choose the contact to share the content with and you're done. Previously, the only way to share within the app was to create a shared album with a single photo, so this update streamlines that process. That may limit the feature to some extent, as not everyone is a Google user.

Meanwhile, Google is also adding yet another feature to the app that - granted, it might make some of you roll your eyes, since it's related to messaging (and Google's mobile messaging strategy has kind of been all over the place).

Explains Google, the idea with the new direct sharing option is not to replace users' preferred messaging apps - a strategy that differs from Google's investments in apps like Hangouts and Allo in previous years.

Google announced on Wednesday that Google Photo has been updated and will now have an in-built conversation feature as part of its services. However, it's still being rolled out.

Users will still be able to share photos from Google Photos across other platforms such as Android, iOS, and the web.

I find image sharing through Viber and WhatsApp pretty handy when I'm using my phone, so I don't think I'll find Google Photos' new sharing feature too useful.

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