Google can't stop adding features to its apps and services it seems, with the latest update coming to its Photos app, on both mobile and on the web.
The search giant has announced that a chat feature is being added to the Google Photos app, so users can share individual stills and videos with contacts quickly, without needing to create a separate shared album.
Now when you're sending pictures and videos to your friends or family, you can share them in an ongoing, private conversation in @googlephotos. 📸 Here’s how sharing within the app just got simpler → https://t.co/aBDfhzSyyt pic.twitter.com/QJ2j0crME9December 3, 2019
The new feature is easy enough to use: just open the app and select the image you want to share. The option to "send in Google Photos" pops up immediately and you can then choose the contact you want to share that image or video with, along with any direct message you want.
You also have the option to select multiple recipients as well, or to start a 'new group' to kickstart a conversation.
While trying out the new feature in the TechRadar offices, we found that on mobile it was possible to select multiple images to share in one go, while the web app only allows you to share a single image or video at a time.
Keep in mind, though, that this feature is available to users with a Google account only, as they will need to be signed in to send or receive messages on the Photos app.
Google Photos product manager Janvi Shah explained that the new chat feature "isn't designed to replace the chat apps you already use, but we do hope it improves sharing memories with your friends and family in Google Photos".
The feature is being rolled out globally already, so if you can't find the option to start a private chat yet, it won't be long before you'll be able to do so.
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Sharmishta is TechRadar's APAC Managing Editor and loves all things photography, something she discovered while chasing monkeys in the wilds of India (she studied to be a primatologist but has since left monkey business behind). While she's happiest with a camera in her hand, she's also an avid reader and has become a passionate proponent of ereaders, having appeared on Singaporean radio to talk about the convenience of these underrated devices. When she's not testing camera kits or the latest in e-paper tablets, she's discovering the joys and foibles of smart home gizmos. She's also the Australian Managing Editor of Digital Camera World and, if that wasn't enough, she contributes to T3 and Tom's Guide, while also working on two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under.