A new update to Google Photos is rolling out that brings a new editing feature for videos. The update is build 184.108.40.20650344 for those keeping score and playing Version Bingo. In the update you will find that you now have the ability to edit a video that you have stored locally. Those editing features include the ability to rotate the video and to clip it at the beginning or the end to adjust the overall time of the video. Once you save that video that you have edited, it is stored online to your Google Photos account like other videos. The key thing to remember is that the feature is limited to those videos you have stored locally. In other words, it does not work on videos that you have uploaded to your Photos account and then used the Free Up Space feature and removed them from your device.
The Google Photos app and service got a small tweak yesterday behind-the-scenes that will make heavy users of the app rejoice. Now when you are viewing your albums in either the app or on the web, there is a new Slideshow feature on the overflow menu. That feature allows you to start a slide show on your devices or, if you have a Chromecast, cast them to your TV. It is a small addition but an important one as it is an often requested feature.
The nice thing about this update is there is not app update required. The most current version of the app on your phone or tablet will simply have the feature pushed to it.
Today marks the first birthday of Google Photos, the photo backup and sharing service-meets-app. It was announced at Google I/O 2015 and was officially launched on May 27, 2015 as a website and an app for Android with iOS being added shortly thereafter. In that year, the service has grown tremendously as have the functionality of the apps and the website. Today, as part of the celebrations, Google has released some facts and figures on how the service is used and how much it has grown in popularity. We knew of course that it had grown to over 200 million active monthly users based on comments from I/O this year. But there are even more interesting figures to discuss.
Google Photos on the web has received a great update this morning that brings two highly requested features to the photo service. The first is the ability to bulk change the date and time on photos that you have imported. This is great for those of you who have scanned in old photos (think pre-smartphone) and want to have them with the correct date (like your 17th birthday back in the 70s or 80s). Once you have scanned the photos into Google Photos, you can select them and use the overflow menu in the upper right corner to change the date. Once they are changed, the photos get reorganized in Photos according to that date.
One of the tidbits of news that came out of the Google I/O keynote yesterday was around Google Photos. The app and service were launched last year at I/O and the growth has been nothing short of impressive. In his keynote, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the service is now seeing an impressive 200 million active users per month. Perhaps even more impressive, users of the service had created 2 trillion labels. Those labels help users find things faster in their photos.
Google has pushed out an exciting new feature for Google Photos: Commenting on shared albums. This has been a much requested feature of the photo service and the good news is it is coming to Android, iOS and Web all at the same time. Now when you share an album, you can allow those you share with to add comments to those photos in the album. It is a great way for friends and family to share their thoughts about the latest photos from your holiday or the kids.