Google I/O has taken its toll. At least that's the way it looks based on the fairly quiet week we've seen for app updates thus far. The biggest update to arrive was for Snapseed, which gained some fairly useful improvements for editing. The focus on images continued with an update to the Photos app, but it didn't appear to bring any notable new features, rather just a bug fix. However, a teardown of the app reveals quite a bit more. Google is lining up some cool improvements to the app, including new sorting methods for albums, new editing controls, and a pretty amazing promo for Nexus devices. Read More
Google held a press event last month and talked about a few of the interesting new features planned for the Photos app. We're still waiting for collaborative albums to be turned on, but we've already seen other features come to life, like Chromecast support and setting labels for matched faces. This version doesn't appear to unlock collaborative albums – that may be waiting for a server-side switch – but it does add another feature to the facial matching feature: the ability to hide somebody.
Google's changelog is up
Google posted an official changelog for Photos v1.8:
- Now in more countries: Finding the perfect photo of your best friend or family member just got easier.
You don't have to subscribe to a music streaming service to get a steady stream of songs spread across an eclectic mix of genres. Just wait around for Google to hand out free albums. With the regularly occurring Playlist: The Very Best Of... Read More
It's time to take a step back in time and enjoy some of the tunes gifted to future generations from the 20th century. Google's offering three jazz albums for free in the US. One, entitled Playlist: The Very Best Of Billie Holiday, contains fifteen tracks (though it somehow lacks Strange Fruit edit: see this enlightening comment for an explanation). Playlist: The Very Best Of Miles Davis provides ten tracks from, you guessed it, Miles Davis.
The third album is similar to the Play Classical album that went on sale earlier this month. Play: Jazz Pioneers offers more music from Billie Holiday and Miles Davis, along with other hits from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Paul Desmond. Read More
It may not make headlines alongside photo services like Flickr and Picasa, but HP's photo-centric service allows users to store and share photos, create greeting cards, scrapbooks, blankets and a host of other physical products. Now, HP has released an app that allows users to access and share their photos while away from the desktop.
At the moment, the app only allows users to view the photos, so there go your hopes of creating prints of your photos right after you take them isn't quite there yet. Still, if you like to create memorabilia of your family photos (and why wouldn't you), this app will help you keep track of your photos. Read More