Google Photos expands facial recognition tagging feature to international users

October 29, 2015 - 

Google has expanded availability of its facial tagging feature, which was previously only available to U.S. users of its new Google Photos service, according to a report by Mobile Syrup.

The upcoming version 1.8 Android update of Google Photos will recognize faces and group them together under the Search button, for users in Latin America, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. Google is also expected to roll out the feature to iOS users soon.

Using facial recognition technology, the feature matches facial characteristics of people uploaded to its servers in an effort to make people easier to identify for tagging and sharing purposes.

In addition to the facial tagging feature, Google Photos 1.8 also allows users to hide any faces they do not want appearing in the list.

Users will be able to easily hide any people they don’t know who also appear in their photos of large communal events, which also omits them from the “Rediscover this day” card.

Google is also expected to launch a set of collaboration features for creating and sharing albums in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Android users will be able to soon download Google Photos 1.8 on Google Play, or manually update the app from APKMirror.

Earlier this year, Google published a paper detailing its new artificial intelligence system, FaceNet, which Google researchers call the most-accurate technology available for recognizing human faces.

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