If you’re a person who never prints any of the photos you take with your smartphone, Google may have a good solution. For $ 6.99 a month, he will use machine learning to automatically select 10 of your best photos and send fingerprints straight to your door.
The company announced the service today, which it began testing earlier this year. There doesn’t seem to be any difference between the trial version and the newly announced “premium print series” that will be available “in the coming weeks,” but Google has weakened at least a dollar from the monthly price. This is nice, although you still pay extra for the convenience of choosing your photos and having them mailed to you.
For the trial service, Google allowed subscribers to give instructions about the algorithm, telling it to prioritize “people and pets,”
However, consumers will have some options for their monthly deliveries. “To give you control over what photos you receive and what they look like, you can edit your selection of photos, choose a matte or glossy finish, or add a contour before your photos are sent each month. You can also easily skip a month or cancel the service, “Google said in a blog post.
In addition to the premium print series announcement, Google is also adding Walgreens to its same-day print service (along with CVS and Walmart). This allows anyone using Google Photos to select and order prints from the app. Google says adding Walgreens locations “nearly doubles the total number of stores available for print from the same day.” The company also offers canvas prints and photo books.