Google Photos has a new stories-style 'Memories' feature

Google Photos adds Memories to tickle your nostalgia, same-day prints from Walmart or CVS, and Canvas prints

According to Google, these memories will be turned into personal media and privately presented to users to watch, even though they look like the stories format from social media.

Earlier this week, we detailed a new feature in the Google Photos app that would let you order same-day prints from Walmart or CVS and order large, Canvas-style prints. The stories-style Memories will show up at the top of your gallery, sitting above your most recent photos. Frequent users of the app will be familiar with the "rediscover this day" feature, which routinely resurfaced old photos you took on a certain day within the app's "Assistant" tab.

Google uses machine learning to curate what appears in Memories, so you don't have to parse through many duplicate shots, and you can instead reflect on the best ones, where the photos have good quality and all the kids are smiling.

In addition to the digital reliving, Google is expanding its print options for those looking for physical mementos. This new feature sounds similar, but it'll encompass multiple years and will be right up front in your photos area. If you don't necessarily care about Memories, you can shut the feature off. The photos will be an ongoing conversation that's only between you and the other person.

Finally, Google Photos is getting some new IRL sharing features.

The trend of adding an Instagram-like "Stories" bubble at the top of apps rolls on, with Google's Photos app now the latest to jump on the bandwagon. Prints start at 25 cents apiece, and it's not clear yet if there's a discount depending on how much you order. "And as always, photos you share in Google Photos are the same quality as the photos you back up and you can easily save photos shared with you to your library".

All of these new features, aside from the new photo messaging tool, are available today on both iOS and Android. You'll also be able to order canvas prints directly from Google Photos which will be sent right to your home. Canvas prints are available in three sizes-8×8 for $20, 11×14 for $30, and 16×20 for $45-and come with either black, white, or wrap-around borders. In a blog post today, Google confirmed these features, and they also talked about a new feature called "Memories". Direct messaging is supposedly rolling out "in the coming months".

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