Google Photos update arrives with Chromecast support and people labels

During its Nexus event yesterday, Google showed off some new features coming to Google Photos, and it looks like those features are now rolling out in a fresh update to the app. In today's update, you'll find Chromecast support, the ability to label people and merge them into groupings for easier searches, and a couple of other interesting tidbits. Here's the full breakdown from Google:

  • Chromecast support: Cast your photos and videos to your TV, even if they haven't been backed up yet. Plus, pick and choose what shows up on your TV while you're browsing on your phone.
  • More people features (US only): In Search, you can now label and merge people groupings. Once labeled, easily search for people, or combine people, place, and thing search terms for even more precise results, such as "Juliana at beach in Hawaii".
  • Animations can now be shared directly to WhatsApp
  • Adjust the speed of sloooooow mooooooooootion videos shot with the new Google Camera app on Nexus 5X & 6P
  • Faster app startup, bug fixes, and other dazzling performance improvements

Overall, this is a pretty great update to an already good app. Keep in mind that people labels are US-only for now, and the other feature that Google showed off at its Nexus event, Shared Albums, won't be available until sometime later this year. If you'd like to check out Chromecast support and people labels, however, the update is rolling out on Google Play now.

Source: +GooglePhotos