A discussion can be made that Google has over-indulged in its creation of way too many messaging apps in the past years.
But today’s launch of a latest messaging service — this time in the confines of Google Photos — is an alliance that genuinely makes sense.
More About Google Photos
The company is rolling out a method to instantly message photos and chat with different users or users in the Google Photos app.
The extension will enable users to swiftly and share those one-off photos or videos with other people, instead of using additional steps to create a shared album.
The feature itself is easy to use.
After choosing a photo and clicking on share, you can now pick a new option called “Send in Google Photos.”
You can then click on the icon of your most regular contacts or search for a user by name, phone number, or email.
The receiver will require a Google account to obtain the photos, however, because they will need to sign in to see the conversation.
That may restrict the feature to some extent, as everyone is not a Google user.
But now, with a billion-some Google Photos users out there, more of the people you desire to share with may have an account, rather than not.
The Much-Needed ‘New Group’ Feature
You additionally can utilize this feature to begin a group chat by choosing the “New group” option and then adding recipients.
Once a chat has been initiated, you can revert to it at any moment from the “Sharing” tab in Google Photos.
Here, you will be capable of viewing the photos and videos you all shared, along with the comments, text chats, and likes.
You can also store the photos you need to your phone or click on the “All Photos” option to view only the images themselves without the discussions surrounding them.
Google Photos makes more sense as an area to instantly message friends and family, though, and the Google account terms mean users will have to be 13 or more to get access. (Except if parents have created a Google account for their child).
The latest feature is starting today, but the rollout will take place around the next week.
It will be held across all platforms, including iOS, Android, and web.
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