At its Nexus event today, Google announced Chromecast support is coming to Google Photos. The feature is rolling out this week on Android and “very soon” on iOS.
It’s important to remember that Chromecast support already existed in Google+ Photos. When Google Photos succeeded Google+ Photos, however, the feature was also lost.
But that’s not the only thing that’s new for Google Photos. The app is getting its first major update since it launched at Google’s I/O developer conference in May.
There are three major features that Google highlighted. Chromecast support aside, the other two features are shared album and the ability to “privately” label people. Both are meant to make it easier to share and interact with photos.
Later this year, Google Photos will let you create shared albums. You can then send that simple link (via Hangouts, email, or any other platform you want) and recipients can add photos to the album (a name at the bottom of the photo will show who added it). To contribute, anyone given the link can just tap “join” to subscribe to the album and get notified when pictures are added.
Lastly, Google Photos will soon let you label people, though only in the U.S. for now, and then search for them. This feature, which is meant to help you keep track of “the important people in your life,” is also rolling out this week.
Google didn’t share exact dates for when these features will be available, as the company is likely still putting some finishing touches on the app.
Update on September 30: That was quick. Google Photos for Android was updated today — you can grab the new version now from Google Play.