Google Photos gets shared collaborative albums
When Google brought us the new and improved Google Photos this past spring, there was a lot to like, with features including unlimited photo storage and smart search tools. In the months that followed we saw Google bring Photos more abilities still, like support for private labels and the ability to stream slide shows to a Chromecast. When learning about those new features back in September, Google also dropped a hint about another one that was on its way: shared photo albums that multiple users could contribute to. It may have taken a little longer than planned to get here, but today Google is finally coming through with full shared albums support.
As we were told to expect, this feature expands beyond the simple ability to share view-only links to albums by allowing other users to upload their own pics. If you throw a party, for instance, all your guests can contribute shots taken from their own phones to one big shared album for all to enjoy. Users can also individually save their favorite pics to their own Google Photos collections, insuring they can keep a copy of a treasured moments.
A shared mode like this is only useful as far as users can access it, so Google made sure to have strong cross-platform support in place before going live with it: in addition to Google Photos on Android devices, shared photo albums are also compatible with the Google Photos iOS app and the service’s web interface. All three platforms should see the feature active as of today.