Remember the days when you had to go to the store to get your photos printed off so you can create a photo album to show to your friends and family? Some people, especially the younger generation never have or will ever experience that. The reason why is because, these days, there are many desktop apps and products which print off your photos immediately without you having to leave home. With the recent announcement Google made at I/O 2017, now it’s even easier to get an album of your favorite photos via the Google Photos App.
What this means is ordering photo books through your phone. The recent update for the Photo app on iOS and Android lets you use your phone to order an album of your favorite chosen photos using Google’s AI. Of course, you could’ve done this with Google photos before, but it was only available on desktop and not phones.
Users can now order 7-inch, 20-page softcover albums for $10 and 9-inch, 20-page for $20. Of course, there is a catch though: you can only order these if you live in the US.
This service isn’t necessarily new. There are apps out there who provide this service as well like FreePrints Photobooks, Chatbooks, and Shutterfly just to name a few. And, as it is, these apps are free of charge to use.
The prices and the quality vary depending on the app. Specifically talking about the Google Photos app along side with the new album feature mentioned above you can create collages, GIFs, panoramas and edit all your photos as well. With FreePrints Photobooks, you can get one free 5×7 standard cover photo book every month. They have 6×8 and 8.5×11.5 hardcovers as well. The standard pages are 20, but you can add more with a little extra charge. The shipping cost is $7.99, and the good thing is that it doesn’t change even if you were to order 10 photobooks.With Chatbooks a photo book is automatically made when you add sixty photos from any of your photo apps or social media tools. They boast no shipping cost, charging only $8 per book.
Lastly, with Shutterfly, you can not only create photo books but you can also create wedding invitations, birth announcement cards, etc. You can even create your photo gifts as notebooks, journals and glass ornaments. That’s what I call variety.
These are only some of the many options that are available in numerous countries especially in the US and Canada. Google hasn’t said anything about their new feature being available anywhere other than the US so far but we can only wait and see how well their newest feature stacks up against the existing competition.
Henry Kimbrell says
I think the fact that the amount of shipping doesn’t change for 1 book or 10 is a pretty nice feature. That way you can get a couple of books together for the family and not have to pay $50 to have them shipped.
Marc Hill says
I am sure that the fact they are only available to those in the US is just a phase for now. Once the company sees how well things are going, they will open it up to worldwide.
Raymond Coward says
Yeah, but really, so many companies do this I bet Google just felt pressured to offer this just because of the Photos App that’s on millions of Android powered devices.
Delbert Powers says
I think it is a great service to provide when you already have an app downloaded to every Android device on the planet.
Darrel Bocanegra says
This is the same thing that I was just saying the other day. The Android app already offers so much, why wasn’t this included?
Joshua Rodriguez says
What the heck took so long? I have like 3-4 other apps that I can do this on and really hate dealing with anything else but apps that work natively with my phone. I have been waiting a long time for this one!
Susan Holliday says
I agree with you man! This has taken way too long and for one, you would think there is a million photo printer companies willing to partner up with Google. Or, the company just buys one and makes it that much easier.
Edgar McMillan says
Google is only going to do what makes them more money. This is just a convinent way to get more people to use the Photos App.