Newly discovered code in Google Photos suggests the platform will soon introduce a weekly photo highlight reel known as “My Week” that you can share with your contacts.
Evidence of the upcoming feature was discovered by tech blog TheSpAndroid after taking a closer look at the files of Google Photos version 6.69. There they discovered a string containing a text explanation explaining how the update worked. According to the findings, users will be able to select multiple photos to create a My Week highlight reel. You can then invite your contacts to your account and enjoy the images you've recently taken.
TheSpAndroid explains that this is similar to how regular albums work in Google Photos currently. However, My Week differentiates itself by being on the homepage. Invitees don't have to dig through multiple folders to find the source. Android Authority, which discovered the same code string, also supports this opinion. They believe that My Week allows your contacts to keep “up to date with your life” by automatically sending them weekly photos. Users can choose what they want to send to their contacts.
There's some debate about how exactly highlight reels are displayed. TheSpAndroid admits that he doesn't know whether the images will appear in the “Memories Carousel” (think Instagram Stories) or in a separate “Memories” tab.
Collect photos in real time
In addition to My Week, TheSpAndroid has found evidence of another feature called Real-time Albums.
This code string suggests that Google Photos recommends that you place images you take from events or trips during your trip into one of these albums. That way, you'll remember to do it after the event is over. It will save you a lot of time and effort. The report states that the platform can be told to stop uploading to real-time albums once an event is over, suggesting that Google Photos will automatically collect images.
Please take the information here with a grain of salt. As Android Authority points out, there is “no guarantee” that any of these features will see the light of day. That means Google is on to something. It is possible to enable flags corresponding to MyWeek and Realtime Albums, but nothing will be done.
The tech giant is working on improving Google Photos' organizational tools. Who among us doesn't have our finances spiraling out of control? Most recently, the company announced Photo Stacks, which gives the platform the ability to automatically group photos into similar groups. A few months ago, a new creation tool was added to compile clips into his one-minute highlight videos. My Week appears to be the next step in Google's photo organization efforts.
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