Google Creates New Messaging Service, This Time Within Google Photos

Ruben Fields
December 4, 2019

But today's launch of a new messaging service - this time within the confines of Google Photos - is an integration that actually makes sense.

Is this a good idea as another Google messaging service?

While it may seem an intuitive and useful feature at first, a lot of folks use photos or links from Google photos to share it on other platforms such as Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, or Twitter.

The integrated chat feature in Google Photos will allow you to share photos and videos with another person or a group of friends directly from the app instead of making a shared album. However if you just wanted to share a single photo you still have to create an album then share that with your intended recipients.

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The company is rolling out a way to directly message photos and chat with another user or users within the Google Photos app. Then choose the contact to share the content with and you're done.

Meanwhile, Google is also adding yet another feature to the app that - granted, it might make some of you roll your eyes, since it's related to messaging (and Google's mobile messaging strategy has kind of been all over the place). It is limiting to some extent, sure. Users can even save photos and videos from these conversations to their own gallery without any loss in image quality.

The feature is being rolled out globally already, so if you can't find the option to start a private chat yet, it won't be long before you'll be able to do so. But the ability to send photos within Google Photos - and see what others say about them in a thread - feels like the kind of feature that might have a better chance of sticking around.

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