Google Photos now hosts a chat feature that makes it easy to share images with friends. Until now, you could only do this by creating an album and sharing your link with your findings. The new feature makes it possible to chat just like any other messaging app.
Google already has a plethora of messaging apps that will be ridiculed for its confusing strategy in this space. it’s time Google Photos will turn into a chat app. But rest assured, the goal isn’t to play on the same footing as Google Messages or Duo. The Mountain View company wants to make the sharing and exchange experience easier for Google Photos users.
“You’ve always been able to share photos through the app [Google Photos] by creating an album and sharing the link. However, some of you have expressed the need for a simpler experience. Now when you share individual photos and videos, you have the option to add them to a private chat in the app,” Google explains in a blog post. Concretely, you can send a photo (without loss of quality) via private messaging to a Google contact on Android, iOS or the web, just like on Instagram, Snapchat or WhatsApp.
This special area is not only reserved for photo exchange. It is also possible to exchange messages, convey or express reactions. Photos is increasingly becoming a real social pot, rather than a simple app for saving and organizing your albums and memories. A few weeks ago, Google Photos welcomed Memories, a feature inspired by Snapchat, Instagram or WhatsApp Stories.
The new chat will be gradually rolled out on the server side over the next few days until next week. As always, install the latest version of Google Photos to maximize your chances of getting one soon.