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17 May 2017

In a blog post today, Anil Sabharwal, vice president of Google Photos, announced "more than 500 million people use it every month, backing up more than 1.2 billion photos and videos per day." And to mark the milestone, the company has introduced three new ways to share those photos and videos.

Sharing Suggestions will help you remember what great stuff you haven't distributed to your network of admirers (and vice versa):

With our new sharing suggestions, you can finally share and receive all the photos that really matter to you, without the work. Using our machine learning technology, Google Photos will not only remind you to share -- it will automatically select the right photos and even suggest who you should send them to based on who was in the photos. Just tap send and your friends and family will see all your photos and get a reminder to add theirs too. Now all the photos of that birthday dinner or weekend trip are in one place, including -- and especially -- the photos you didn't take.

There's a new Sharing Tab in the new version of Google Photos, which Sabharwal said would be rolling out to Androic, iOS and the Web "in the coming weeks."

Shared Libraries let one other person get the same photos and videos that you get or some subset of them (and vice versa):

With Shared Libraries, you can effortlessly and automatically send and receive photos with one other person. You can give them access to your full photo library or, if you prefer, only photos of certain people or from a certain date forward. And when they share their library with you, you can automatically save the photos you want so they also show up in search and in the movies, collages and other fun creations Google Photos makes for you. Gone are the days of begging your partner for those special pictures only stored on their phone.

The Photo Books feature brings printed albums to Google Photos. And you can create one in just minutes on your phone, Sabharwal said:

Photo books are incredibly easy to make -- even on your phone. They're beautiful, high quality, with a clean and modern design. And thanks to our powerful search technology, your photos are already organized by the people, places or things that matter. Once you select the photos, Google Photos will find the best shots for you -- removing duplicates and poor quality images. All that's left for you to do is make a few tweaks and place your order. Soon, we'll even suggest photo books just for you, like your trip to the Grand Canyon, time with family during the holidays, your puppy or even your kid's artwork.

A 20-page softcover photo book is $9.99 and a hardcover version is $19.99.

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