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Google Tests Photo Printing Subscription Service

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Google Photos is testing a monthly subscription service that will automatically print 10 of your photos and mail them to you—only you may not know which shots it selects until the prints arrive. Instead, artificial intelligence will select 10 4×6 shots from the past 30 days, based on preferences users select. Subscribers will pay $7.99 per month for the pictures. The service, first reported by 9To5Google, is in a very limited test at present.

The selected photos will then be printed and delivered straight to your home. The users will be able to pick one of three themes for the monthly prints.

You’ve got three themes you can select to guide Google in picking the pictures—people and pets, landscapes or a little bit of everything. Users will have the option to edit the photos before they’re printed or can get a surprise delivery each month.

The program, which is notably more expensive than typical photo processing charges, is part of Google Photos’ ongoing expansion into physical products. The division, launched in 2015, has offered photo books for several years, but in 2019 began offering canvas prints and allowing users to directly print photos at CVS or Walmart stores.

The new program is only available for selected users in the United States and is invitation-based. The program might be a hard sell considering you’d have to take ten print-worthy photos every month. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t be helpful, especially during a vacation, party, holiday season, etc. Who knows, it might just revive the ‘photo album’ trend.

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