Google is finally rolling out its ‘Google Photos’ library API for the developers out there. As part of the program, interested Android developers can bake the ‘Library’ feature in their app. This means that they can use the power and features of Photos in their app including basic functions such as uploading. This also includes more complex features including the robust search functionality that Google has packed in its ‘Google Photos’ app including search by format or the date and providing a description of what is present in the photo. Other features include organizing albums including adding titles and location information.
The new API also makes it easier for the users of the app to create shared albums to collaborate and/or to transfer the photos. The company initially revealed this API at its annual developer conference, Google I/O earlier this year. As part of the announcement post, the company added that it has launched the libraries in multiple languages. Google has also added a guide that will help developers who are using the old Picasa Web Albums API, migrate to the new API.
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The public availability of the API comes after months of the developer preview. It means that the company has polished the API after gathering feedback from Android app developers during the period. The announcement post also pointed out that if any developer was looking at “a larger integration” of the API then they can join the “Google Photos partner program”.
The partner program will provide increased quota limits, access to partner support channels, latest features, and an official badge that developers can use for their marketing.