Google’s automated photo printing service wasn’t long before this world – at least, not in its first incarnation. Droid Life has learned (via The Verge) that Google will shut down the AI-led trial service on June 30th. It did not say what caused the shutdown in a message to members, but it said it hoped to “develop this feature” and “make it more widely available”. So this is not the end, even though the service is likely to change.
The $8 a month trial had AI pick your 10 best photos (prioritized by faces, landscapes, or a mix) and print them on 4×6 cardstock, with edits if you prefer. They were meant as gifts, or just as good memories if you wanted more than just digital copies. Google, however, didn’t have the best timing. The service became public in February, just a month before much of the world went into pandemic lockdowns – it’s hard to justify spending money on a photo service if you can’t socialize or travel. If there is a follow-up service, maybe it should wait.