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Google is trialing an automated print subscription for Photos

Most online image sharing platforms offer an option to print your images and deliver the prints to your home. Usually the images for printing are selected manually by the user but it looks like Google is now planning to offer an automated printing option.

According to 9to5Google Google Photos is trialing a subscription service that automatically selects your ten best pictures each month and sends them for printing. As a user you can only tell the system to focus on faces, including pets, or landscape images, or select images across all categories.

Images are delivered as 4x6 prints on matte cardstock and the service, which is currently invitation and US only, costs $8 per month.

Generating a new revenue stream, in addition to paid-for storage, is obviously an attractive proposition to Google but many users might think long and hard before subscribing. You'd need t be pretty confident to shoot at least ten print-worthy images per month and you would either want to store or display your images in print form or possibly give them away as gifts. This being said, time will tell is the trial is a success and the service will be expanded t other regions.

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Janoch
Janoch

What?!

I still have to bother taking the darned photos?

3 weeks ago
Dré de Man
Dré de Man

This opens interesting possibilities for unfaithful people to get caught by their partners.

3 weeks ago
Dimit
Dimit

To start with : Veeery expensive!

3 weeks ago
KyleSlamchez

Lol, I can print 15 per month at home for $1.35 through HP, paper and ink included.

3 weeks ago
justinwonnacott

I would love to see how they edit Robert Frank,s pictures,,,,

3 weeks ago*
Skyscape

I guess experimentations with new ideas is where success could be achieved, but this particular business model has me extremely skeptical.

3 weeks ago
Team Yeti

As others have mentioned, the pricing on this seems a little ambitious from Google's end...

3 weeks ago
radissimo
radissimo

so on the end of the year you end up with 120 fairly random pictures and $96 lighter wallet. what a silly idea

3 weeks ago
BrexitDefCom3

Look Google if you are choosing the shots, then you can take them as well

3 weeks ago
McArchive

you want them to take even more?

3 weeks ago
Team Yeti

Sounds like it's about time to re-watch that movie "Surrogates" with Bruce Willis from about a decade ago.

The parallels to today are kinda frightening...

3 weeks ago
BrexitDefCom3

WE all have doubles.....

3 weeks ago
Steve in GA

I have several thousand photos on Google photos, and I am a fan of this service.

But, when you have a lot of photos on Google Photos, Google saves your photo files at less than 100% resolution, unless you buy additional storage space from them. So, any prints that you make from your files on Google will need to be fairly small.

Google Photos provides good resolution for smart phone sized photos, but don't try to make 20"x30"s.

3 weeks ago
jnd

Google keeps something like 16MP resolution which is enough to print big, I would say even those 20''x30''.

3 weeks ago
ttran88
ttran88

The funny part is this will probably have a bigger revenue stream than say Pentax camera sales.

3 weeks ago
Ron Poelman
Ron Poelman

Nothing funny about it. Geez, I wish they would do a breakout cam.
The hobby is shrinking, people are slowly questioning Uber Tech.
Maybe only Pentax can provide the right retro/ergo/price mix for people just to enjoy a more basic, satisfying experience. They have the nous.

3 weeks ago
Mortal Lion
Mortal Lion

No thanks I need no prints of unedited raws :p

3 weeks ago
Ron Poelman
Ron Poelman

Yeah, the planet needed another pollution source.
Next come the albums, the bigger print offers and the shelves to bury them in. Guaranteed not biodegradable either, I'm tipping.
Use your screens, people. It's 2020.

3 weeks ago
jnd

I don't think 10x 4x6 inch color paper is a lot of pollution, I bet you get way more spam in your mail than that. Civilization is all about keeping our knowledge and culture from generation to generation because without it you are born the same clueless human as two or more thousand years ago. So it make sense to keep some printed trail for you and your family otherwise we will have generation with little to no physical history. People will have full cloud storages, password protected, and once they die it will be pretty much lost forever.

3 weeks ago
Ron Poelman
Ron Poelman

They won't care by then. Here we are at a point where all the knowledge of history is at our finger tips and yet we embrace the dark forces that are aggessively dumbing us down. Remember when Google would answer your questions, not provide you the top ten advertisers ? Seems like only yesterday.

3 weeks ago
Jake2046
Jake2046

automation is the future...cause people are getting lazier by day.

3 weeks ago
dpfan32

People are bombarded with tons of information, tons of products, tons of services.
Some will appreciate an automatic process.
Though I don't like the development as well.
This idea from Google sounds ridiculous anyway...

3 weeks ago
Suave

But a 4x6" costs around 25 cents to print.

3 weeks ago
tkbslc

Snapfish gives you 100 4x6 prints a month for the same price. (Free + $8 shipping).

I kind of laughed when I saw this offer from Google. 10 prints (on cardstock, they say) for $8 subscription? $96 a year for 120 prints - not even on photo paper?

3 weeks ago
Rob-in-Alberta

“all your data are belong to us”

3 weeks ago
tkbslc

They already have the data, with or without this printing program.

3 weeks ago
IdM photography
IdM photography

AI has better taste than yourself

3 weeks ago
jnd

I think it's interesting idea. A lot of people don't print, including me, because they don't have time to select x amount of photos out of the thousands shot every month and the upload them for ordering. This will help the indecisive too. It doesn't have to be the absolute 10 best photos but receving 10 pieces of memories to put in album and look at it at least once per year is better than having thousands upon thousands photos hanging somewhere in cloud which nobody will ever see after the first couple days.

3 weeks ago
poipoipoi_2016

If you haven't sorted by "Potential canvas", the selection is actually quite good.

Maybe a 40% hit rate in terms of "That's a good picture" even if they don't always crop down to be a good canvas. So 40-50 suggestions become 20 good pictures that I might print.

https://photos.google.com/canvas/suggestions

3 weeks ago*
woz

Shouldn't this service have been released on 1st April?

3 weeks ago
McArchive

That's when they say, "never mind, we're bored and want to do AI enabled gloves for joysticks."

3 weeks ago
Horshack

Who wouldn't want to have their best photos curated by a nameless, faceless computer algorithm rather than themselves, friends, and family.

3 weeks ago
Abel89er

Waiting for google to send me photos of my exgirlfriend who I used to photograph hahahaha

3 weeks ago
G Pik

What happens if you don't agree with their choice?? This really is a stupid idea.

3 weeks ago
Suave

Your opinion does not matter. What matters is that Clearview agrees.

3 weeks ago
Jeff Greenberg
Jeff Greenberg

;;

(10) 24"x36" self-adhesive posters, my choice, @$80 total / mo.
I'm there...

3 weeks ago
DavidBleeker

If it is as good as their normal selection of images which they 'enhance' it will be hilarious!
And O so necessary to print more junk which people are happy to just look at on there phone!

3 weeks ago