Cute and tech are two words that rarely go together but this time, I promise – Google just released a cute update with an even fluffier press release. To celebrate National Pet Day, of course.
Google updated their photos app, named Google Photos, adding several new features. One feature, however, is particularly endearing. Google Lens, a built-in analysis tool powered by machine learning on the Google Photos app available on iOS and Android, can now recognize dog breeds. Just take a photo of the adorable dog you saw on your way to work and click the Lens icon to find out more about it. Besides its breed, you’ll discover other pertinent facts like the breed’s personality and care regimen tidbits.
If you already have a dog or cat and an impressive image library dedicated to them, the Photos app will compile the pictures to make a beautiful photo album. If you want, you can even print it out! Additionally, there’s also the option of editing the photos to make a short movie. As put by Google:
“If your pet is ready for a big screen debut, open your Google Photos app, go to the Assistant tab, and click on the movie button. Then, if available, choose the Meow Movie or Doggie Movie option, select your pet, and we’ll compile the best photos of your four-legged pal into a movie, set to pet-themed music.”
Another cool feature added is the new search function. The app can sift through your image library and pull up the images you’re interested in once you enter the name of the “breed, species, or emoji—try or .”
If a dog is too messy, check out Sony’s alternative, Aibo Bot!