Google Photos is set to plug a couple of holes in its basic feature set over the next few days, bringing it in line with similar functions available in Apple Photos.
Up until now, the cloud-based photo service has lacked the ability to favorite photos, but that’s about to change. Google says it’s rolling out an option for users to tap a star in the upper right of any photo in their library, and the photos will be automatically added to a new Favorites album.
Google Photos will also soon let users “heart” photos that have been shared with them, which essentially functions the same way the “Like” button does in Apple’s Shared Photo Albums, adding a touch of social interaction to the service.
It’s OK to play favorites. Rolling out this week, tap the ⭐️ button to mark a photo as a favorite. Head to the Albums tab and view all your favorites in one place. pic.twitter.com/eWnSMDKQ72
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) May 21, 2018
Google has promised additional Photos features powered by some AI innovations the company showcased at its I/O event earlier this month. They include suggested quick edits to improve images, color pop, and the ability to colorize old photos.
Google Photos is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store.