Google Photos rolls out its biggest ever feature update for Memories


Google Photos taps into our collective need to share nostalgia with its biggest update to Memories, which features snapshots from the past few years.

The redesign, according to product manager Yael Marzan, will feature more videos, including “best snippets” of longer videos automatically trimmed “so you can relive the most meaningful moments.”

“Even your still photos will feel more vibrant thanks to subtle zoom that brings movement to your memories,” said an announcement on the company’s blog. Keep an eye out for instrumental music coming to select Memories next month.

“It’s amazing how the combination of movement, video and music immerses you in your memories,” Marzan wrote. “I often find myself revisiting these new Memories multiple times, especially those of my children.”

Launched nearly three years ago, Memories appear as circular images at the top of Google Photos desktop and mobile apps. Using machine learning, it finds the best images from the same week a year ago, two years ago, three years ago, etc. A “hide” option allows users to remove people, pets and places that are too painful to remember, while helping to bring back fond memories that would otherwise be forgotten.

Since their introduction in late 2020, Cinematic Photos – 3D representations of Memories – have become one of the app’s most recorded visual effects. And they’re about to get even more immersive: Cinematic Memories will soon turn multiple stills into an “end-to-end cinematic experience,” including a soundtrack that makes viewing images feel like watching a movie.

Taking inspiration from old scrapbooks, Google Photos is also rolling out Styles, a graphic art feature that automatically adds accents from artists like Shantell Martin and Lisa Congdon to give your memories an extra little boost.

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Memories can be very personal, which is why memories are only visible to you, unless you share them with family, friends, and strangers who follow you on social media. Starting today, users can post entire memories online via Android (iOS and web coming soon).

A new collage editing tool, meanwhile, encourages iOS and Android owners to create postable collages with your photos, design, and layout. Google One members and Pixel device owners can take advantage of special editing features like Portrait Light or HDR and over 30 additional designs.

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