Google tests photo printing subscription service

UKRAINE - 2020/01/30: In this photo illustration a Google logo seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Google Photos is testing a monthly subscription service that will automatically print 10 of your photos and mail them to you—only you may not know which shots it selects until the prints arrive.

Instead, artificial intelligence will select 10 4×6 shots from the past 30 days, based on preferences users select. Subscribers will pay $7.99 per month for the pictures.

The service, first reported by 9To5Google, is in a very limited test at present. Google told Fortune it did not have additional details to share regarding when (or if) it planned to expand availability.

You’ve got three themes you can select to guide Google in picking the pictures—people and pets, landscapes or a little bit of everything. (“People and pets” is the most popular option among users so far.)

Users will have the option to edit the photos before they’re printed or can get a surprise delivery each month.

The program, which is notably more expensive than typical photo processing charges, is part of Google Photos’ ongoing expansion into physical products. The division, launched in 2015, has offered photo books for several years, but in 2019 began offering canvas prints and allowing users to directly print photos at CVS or Walmart stores.

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