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Google Photos gives you more control over your memories


The Google Photos platform from Google is getting a set of updates this year that benefit from machine learning and artificial intelligence, with a focus on the memories feature.

Notably, Google gives users more control over the images that appear in the memories, which are identified and sorted automatically using machine learning.

Google said, we take photos and videos so we can look back and remember, but mixing all your photos together makes it difficult to rediscover the important moments, and most of the 4 trillion photos stored in Google Photos are never displayed. Make it easier to go backward, we are using artificial intelligence to turn on new features that re-emerge in meaningful moments and bring your memories to life while giving you control over what you recover.

New types of memories for you:

With Memories, you can look at important photos from past years, recent notable events, moments with your loved ones, favorite activities, and more.

And with machine learning, we can now bypass trait-based image reproduction to do so based on vague visual patterns in your photos.

Starting in late this summer, when we find a group of three or more images that share things like shape or color, we'll highlight these little patterns for you in your memories.

And these pictures alone may not be meaningful, but when you see them all together, they tell a story and, as always, they are private and only visible to you.

And later this year, you'll also see new types of memories of the moments you celebrate, and those memories will appear as you scroll through your grid of photos, along with the best memories of the month and the most memorable travels, which started appearing today.

Bring your photos to life:

Last December, Google launched Cinematic Pictures, which uses machine learning to create vivid 3D copies of your photos, and the company is now using computer photography to bring these memories to life.

And when you try to get the perfect picture, you usually take the same shot two or three times, and live and moving images called cinematic moments can be created using neural networks to combine the movement between two nearly identical images and fill in the gaps with new frames.

And you can create cinematic moments with almost any pair of identical photos - whether captured on the latest smartphone or scanned from an old photo album.

Creating this effect from scratch can take hours of professional animation, but with machine learning these moments can automatically be created and brought to your latest glimpse.

Control which memories you want to see:

Google Photos includes controls to hide some people's photos or certain time periods, and Google continues to add new controls to improve the experience.

And later this summer, Google is making these controls easier to find, so you can choose what to look at again in just a few clicks.

The company also adds more fine-tuning controls to the memories in your network, so you can rename or remove trip highlights.

Soon, you can remove a single photo from a Memory, remove the best memories of the month and rename or remove memories based on the moments you celebrate.

Google also offers the Locked Folder feature, which is a passcode-protected space where you can save photos separately, so they won't appear while scrolling through Google Photos or any other apps across your device.

Locked Folder is available first on Pixel phones, and is hitting more Android devices throughout the year.


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