Google Photos adds in-built conversation feature

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Previously, users could only share photos within the Google Photos app by creating a shared album.

"We've heard from some of you that (sharing photos) could be a simpler experience, so now when you share one-off photos and videos, you'll have the option to add them to an ongoing, private conversation in the app", Google Photos product manager Janvi Shah writes in a Google blog post by way of explaining the new feature.

The recipient will need a Google account to receive the photos, however, because they'll need to sign-in to view the conversation. You can then tap on the icon of your most frequent contacts or search for a user by name, phone number of email.

In these conversations, users will be able to chat, like, or comment on photos that have been shared in the conversation, as well as save those photos or videos to their gallery. It is limiting to some extent, sure. You can also share content with a group by selecting "New group" within Google Photos and then add multiple recipients. Well, we know the history there with Google and messaging services, but I can't say I hate this.

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It's worth noting that Google Photos doesn't isn't trying to become an "all-in-one" app (like Instagram does). The new feature is rolling out over the next week on Android, iOS, and web. Instead, Google notes that this feature wants to relocate sharing to Google Photos rather than using other apps for it.

Users can create a new chat by selecting the "Share" tab under a photo from the main library, while existing chats can be accessed from the same tab.

As for the launch, the new direct sharing feature has officially been launched today. I share a lot of photos directly within Google Photos to family already, so this should help organize that better, allow everyone in these shares to chit chat a bit, etc.

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