Google Photos Introduces Photo Stack Feature for Organized Viewing of Sequential Shots

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Google Photos Introduces Photo Stack Feature for Organized Viewing of Sequential Shots
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Google seems to be rolling out its new Photo Stack feature for Google Photos. A user on Reddit reported that the feature was offered to him in the gallery and photo editing app on his Pixel 8 Pro, and he has been using it for several days.

The new Photo Stack feature complements the existing one, where burst shots are already displayed under a thumbnail in the gallery overview. However, the new option is not intended for burst shots but for photo series taken in a short period.

For example, if someone takes pictures of their dog playing within a certain time frame, they can then display the images in a stack in the gallery. This helps declutter the Google Photos photo overview and prevents it from being dominated by a single subject.

Photo Stack is part of the current version of the Google Photos app

A few days ago, more information surfaced about the function called Photo Stack in English, which apparently is part of the current version of Google Photos (Version 6.60) and is awaiting activation. The website The Spandroid was able to activate and test the feature.

After activation, Photo Stack groups images with similar motifs taken within a certain time frame. Tapping on the photo stack displays a pop-up with the prominently defined top pick image, along with the other images below. Users can choose a different image as the top pick and thumbnail.

Users can also remove images from a stack, such as when the algorithm places an inappropriate image there. It is also possible to keep only one image and delete the others.

We have not been able to use Photo Stack on our editorial devices yet. It is possible that Google is rolling out the feature in waves or is testing it with only a few users.

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