Google Testing Out Monthly Photo Printing Service


Google is thinking about launching an interesting new venture that uses an algorithm to pick from your best photos and mail you 10 prints every month throughout the year.

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Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels.

Why, exactly, the tech giant is looking at providing this kind of service remains unclear but initial reports indicate that it is an add-on to a larger initiative that the company is undertaking with CVS and Walmart to develop photos there.

What makes Google’s offering unique is the algorithm that selects from photos in your album whereas the partnership with Walmart and CVS that uses Google Photos. Website 9to5Google reports that users will have the ability to choose from three options for the kinds of photos they would like to print including those with people, places, or a mixture of everything.

Of course, this isn’t the only service out there trying this and it’s likely not going to be the last. Most people see prints as something from a bygone era and, unless things change dramatically, that’s probably going to continue.

As PetaPixel highlights, that’s kind of a shame because people are taking so many more pictures now than ever before.

But there just doesn’t seem to be any room for prints in all of this growth. In terms of pricing, the service from Google will enter a trial phase that asks users for $USD 8 every month to have pictures chosen and sent to you. Going on their history, Google is keen to launch corporate experiments, but that doesn’t mean they’re in it for the long haul (we’re looking at you Clips).

What do you think? Does this sound like something you would be interested in using? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Also take a look at how to enlarge a photo before you print it out!

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