Google will reportedly announce updates to its Google Photos app and Google Play Music All Access subscription service alongside the launch of two Nexus smartphones and Chromecast devices on Tuesday. The search giant would be adding Chromecast support, People Labelling and Shared Albums features for Google Photos. The Google Play Music All Access service will reportedly get a new Google Play Music Family plan.
Users might soon be able to mirror their Google Photos images on their television screens using Chromecast. They would also be able to use them as Chromecast backdrop images, says Android Police. In addition, while the service already has an automated people tagging feature, it would let users assign a name to the users being tagged. This would allow them to search images of the specific person from anywhere inside the Google Photos.
The update will reportedly let users share albums with others as well. Users will be able to dump images at a common place and keep getting updates on changes made by others. It is being speculated that this feature would resemble the Google Drive collaboration, sharing feature. However, the details for this feature are yet to be known.
As for Google Music Play, the service is said to soon include a Play Music Family plan, similar to Apple’s Family music plan. As per Android Police, the unannounced plan would include unlimited music streaming for up to six family members and would cost $14.99 per month. Each member would user their own Google Play Music All Access account.
It true, the plan would be competing against other popular music streaming services such as Spotifyand Apple Music. Currently, Spotify’s family plan starts with $14.99 for two members, followed by options for three, four and five ($29.99 per month) members. Apple Music’s family plan also costs $14.99 per month, and is also applicable for up to six people. Notably, Apple Music subscriptions are much cheaper in India – with the family plan at just Rs. 190 (roughly $3). Unfortunately, Google has not yet released the Google Play Music All Access subscription service in India.
As rumoured several times, the Sundar Pichai-led company would be launching the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones at the event alongside the new Chromecast device and Chromecast Audio. The handsets would come pre-installed with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow.