Google’s automated Photos printing service wasn’t long for this world — a minimum of, not in its first incarnation. Droid-Life has learned (via The Verge) that Google is shutting down the AI-guided trial service on June 30th. It didn’t say what prompted the closure during a notice to members, but it said it hoped to “evolve this feature” and make it “more widely available.” This isn’t the end, then, even if the service is likely to change.
The $8 per month trial had AI pick your 10 best pictures (prioritized by faces, landscapes or a mix) and print them on 4×6 cardstock, with edits if you preferred. They were meant to be gifts, or simply fond memories if you wanted quite just digital copies. Google didn’t have the best timing, however. The service became general knowledge in February, just a month before much of the globe entered pandemic lockdowns — it’s hard to justify Money spending on a photograph service when you can’t socialize or travel. If there is a follow-up service, it might have to wait.