- Google is testing a new service that automatically sends people hard copies of 10 photos from their camera roll, selected by its AI.
- The service costs $8 per month and is currently only available to users in the US.
- With the pilot, Google is testing whether there’s a market for physical copies of images that may feel more permanent than photos stored in the cloud.
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Google is rolling out a new service for those seeking the permanence of printed photos without the actual labor of printing them out.
For $7.99 per month, Google will mail users hard copies of 10 AI-selected images from their Google Photos albums every 30 days, 9to5Google first reported.
People who sign up for the service can direct Google’s AI to choose photos from one of three categories: mostly people and pets, mostly landscapes, or “a little bit of everything.” Subscribers will also have the option to edit the 4-by-6-inch photos before they go to print.
The service reflects an effort by Google to grow its Cloud Print service with a subscription model. Google’s Cloud Print debuted in 2017, offering hardcover and softcover photo albums and canvas prints, as well as direct printing at outlets like CVS and Walmart.
The company is currently piloting the service for select users in the US, according to 9to5Google.
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