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Google Photos v3.26 prepares for editing VR images, enables captions in photo books, and adds more suggestions [APK Teardown]

Google is rolling out plenty of updates today, including a new version of Photos. This update probably won't change much for most users, but if you're preparing a photo book, you'll now have the option to add captions to your shots. A teardown also reveals plans to support editing of stereoscopic images and there are a couple new types of suggestions that may pop up on some of your photos.

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Google Photos web starts suggesting you merge faces of the same person

Google Photos's automatic face detection and grouping is one of the many reasons I love the service, but I wouldn't call it perfect. Back when it began rolling out, several years ago, it created some duplicates, likely because that person had grown/changed a lot between two periods of time. But the algorithms seem a lot more accurate now, and so Google appears to be rolling out a feature to suggest merging recognizable duplicates under the same person.

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Chromecast's Backdrop becomes Ambient Mode, adds low-bandwidth mode, temporarily removes the News source

Last week, Cody spotted a change in the Google Home app for Chromecasts: the Backdrop feature was renamed to Ambient Mode. However, at the time, there was nothing functionally different. That is changing now, as the completely overhauled Ambient Mode settings have started to show up for some of us.

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[Update: Live] Chrome may soon add ability to import new tab backgrounds from Google Photos

Google added the option to customize Chrome's new tab page with a very familiar-looking selection of wallpapers last month. But if you thought Google was done working on the new tab page, you'd be wrong. About Chromebooks recently discovered a new change in Chromium Gerrit that'll allow users to import their new tab backgrounds from Google Photos as well.

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Searching '420' in Google Photos does exactly what you think it does

Google Photos knows everything about you, and by "everything" we mean everything. Yes, including your 4/20 activities. Your smoke vapors have gone all the way up to its cloud servers and it can find every single one of them. You must have thought this is pot-entially harmless, but knowing Google, that weed be a little naive. 

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[D'aw] Google Photos can now create 'Love Story' movies

One of the neat features of Google Photos is that it can automatically create videos around certain ideas. Just select a theme, choose the people (or pets, depending on which theme), and Photos takes care of the rest. Now, a new couple-focused theme is available: Love Story.

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Google Photos v3.23 prepares adjustable bokeh effect, frees up storage space by lowering saved photo quality, and more [APK Teardown]

Google Photos version 3.23 just started making the rounds, but there doesn't appear to be anything immediately changing with the update. However, the traditional clues about upcoming features are certainly there to be seen. We can look forward to applying some of those smooth bokeh effects of portrait mode, and this time, we'll control the intensity of the blur. There will also be a new option to downgrade your already backed-up photos to high quality so you can get back some of that cloud storage. I've also included a couple of other teardown sections for earlier versions that were slated to appear in the next Update Notes post, but this is the better place for them.

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Tip: Google Photos can find all the photos you've taken at "work"

Photos is one of Google's most amazing beasts. Ever since its announcement, this app and service has been improving and adding useful features, the last of which is a new smart option that groups similar pictures and suggests the best one to keep. But did you know that you can search Photos for "work" and get all the images you've snapped at work? I didn't.

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Google Photos starts grouping, suggesting best of similar photos for some

Google Photos is known for a lot of pretty-much-magic machine learning features, and it seems it's getting a new one. As reported by one of our readers, Photos now recognizes when multiple photos in your library were taken at about the same time of the same thing, and will group them together and highlight the one its algorithms consider the best.

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Google Photos now lets you edit photo locations on the web

Google Photos is a great product for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its superb search function that allows you do find shots based on what's in them, when they were taken, or even where they were taken. Some pictures, though, don't have location data. Now, Google Photos is rolling out the ability to add or edit photo locations manually from its web interface.

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