Google+ Stories Is an Automatic Scrapbook For Your Vacation Photos
Google announced a new tool that will automatically create a digital scrapbook of your vacation photos.
Google+ Stories, which will begin rolling out to users Tuesday, claims to be able to pick out your best vacation photos and organize them into a visual journal.
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The tool will “weave your photos, videos and the places you visited into a beautiful travelogue,” said Google’s director of product management, Anil Sabharwal, in a Google+ post.
Stories will be created automatically when users who backed up their photos and videos to Google+ return from vacation. The feature will be integrated into both web and mobile versions of Google+.
The tool relies on Google’s Auto Awesome and landmark detection tools, as well as a user’s location history and the geotags of individual photos. It will be able to automatically find the best photos from your library, tag images with city names, and display the names of restaurants, hotels and airports you visited.
Users will be notified of a new story within 24 hours of returning from a trip. All stories are private by default, but users can edit or share stories publicly after they are created.
Stories will be rolling out on the web and Android beginning Tuesday and will be coming to theiOS app “soon,” the company says.
The Google Plus Android app will also be updated with support for bigger photo libraries, GIF creation and new menus and sharing options, Google’s vice president of engineering Dave Bsebris says in a Google+ post.
Meanwhile, Auto Awesome Movies, which automatically creates a short video clip of photos and video highlights based around a single day, will be available to all Google+ users. Previously, the tool was limited to owners of certain Android devices.