Google stops trial of photo printing service for users
Google has put a stop on its pick and print photo trial program and reached out to its users informing them that it is ending the service. This was a subscription-based service and it sent algorithm-selected prints from their Google Photos libraries
With a monthly fee of USD 7.99 helped users were delivered photos from the past month. This service offered users to choose themes the service from where the photos could be chosen. The themes offered people and pets, landscapes, and much more as options. The uses were even allowed to edit the selected before they were printed.
Google had sent the information via a notice to subscribers that the service would not be available after June 30. The company said, “Thank you for your invaluable feedback. You have provided us with a lot of helpful information about how we can evolve this feature, which we hope to make more widely available. Please keep your eyes open for future updates. Though we will be ending the trial program, we hope that you have experienced some joy and pleasure from the prints you obtained along the way.”
It is not very clear if Google will re-launch this service far more widely in the future, or if it is being shelved temporarily or permanently. As per reports doing rounds in the market, Google has rolled out Android 11 Beta 1.5 version update last week. This likely suggests the move is basically to fix a few minor issues.
However, as the company mentioned and hinted that it may likely come with a plan including a wide range of availability; users still have some hope to get the photo printing service back and enjoy the features it offers.
Due to the current situations in the technology industry, Google may have a feeling that it cannot deliver as per its promise thus it has likely decided to discontinue the service for some time.
The company had kick-started the service for users in the US earlier this year and it was using images from Photos library. Google launched the photo printing back in February 2020 this year. The Artificial Intelligence used by the search engine was automatically picking random photos to provide a hard copy to users. The company had called the photo printing service a trial program because it was in the initial stage and was not even be available in all regions of the world.