Google’s automated Photos printing service wasn’t long for this world — at the least, not in its first incarnation. We have learned that Google is shutting down the AI-guided trial service on June 30th. It didn’t say what prompted the closure in a notice to members, but it surely mentioned it hoped to “evolve this feature” and make it “more widely available.” This isn’t the end, and, the service is prone to change.
The $8 monthly trial had AI pick your 10 best photos (prioritized by faces, landscapes or a mixture) and print them on 4×6 cardstock, with edits if you preferred. They had been meant to be presents, or simply fond reminiscences should you needed more than just digital copies. Google didn’t have the perfect timing, however. The service turned public knowledge in February, only a month earlier than a lot of the world entered pandemic lockdowns — it’s laborious to justify spending money on a photograph service when you can’t socialize or travel. If there’s a follow-up service, it might need to wait.