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Google Photos is being updated with Favorite and Like buttons

Google Photos is a constantly evolving beast, and this week, it's being updated with a new feature that'll allow you to favorite photos you take.

When looking at a picture you've captured, you'll soon be able to tap a new ⭐️ icon that'll mark it as a favorite. As you keep tapping that little icon, these photos will automatically populate a new Favorites album that you can browse and share like any other album you've created.

Along with this, Google has another feature that's "coming soon" that'll allow you to like photos from other people that are shared with you. When viewing photos a friend/family member has sent to you on Google Photos, tapping the new ❤️ button will show them you like what you see.

These aren't huge features, but they are welcome ones that should come in handy. The ability to like photos will make it easy to let people know you've seen whatever they shared with you, but I'm most excited for the favorites button as a new way to filter out certain photos from the mass of them I've collected over the years.

What do you think about this latest addition to Google Photos?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

14 Comments
  • Sad it is following the social media Frenzy
  • And yet I'd bet you use social media
  • I do not, nothing.
  • +1000
  • Really looking forward to all my hearts and thumbs up being put out to pasture with my picasa stars in about 36 months. If a tree Favorites in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it Favorite?
  • Now that didn't take too long, did it?
  • I am still waiting for the dislike button on facebook
  • +1
  • Today only I wanted to bookmark a photo...and this can not come fast..:)
  • This is no d*mn good, I need the thumbs down 👎🏻 and puking 🤮 emojis as choices. I kid, I kid, I like this, especially the favorites star ⭐️, same as the author, to create an easily accessible album with super easy insertion and recall.
  • The one thing to need to do now is put back allowing charging when the phone is charging. I don't understand why they took this out That and the whole removing the fence from pictures that was talked about last year
  • Nice move on Google part.
  • More data mining...
  • What's the phone on top?