Amazon has added the option to automatically upload photos from your phone in the Alexa app. Enabling the option will save your photos on Amazon Photos, where Prime members get unlimited storage and non-Prime members get 5GB of storage. The reason for doing so is so that your photos can be displayed in the screensavers of Alexa devices, like Fire TVs and Echo Shows. A “Daily Memories” option can be enabled to automatically display a new curated set of your photos every day. To enable the option, open the Alexa app on your phone and go to More > Settings > Photos. To enable Daily Memories through the Alexa app, go to Devices > Echo & Alexa > select your Fire TV or Echo > Screensaver.
The list of early Prime Day deals keep growing. If you’re a Prime member, you can get 21 free photo prints when you enter promo code PRINTS21 at checkout. You can select either a glossy or matte finish on the prints and you can select either 4×6 or 4×5.3 sized prints. Then just upload your photos or select from the ones you already have in your Prime Photos account. Delivery is free as well. Amazon normally charges $0.15 per print, so you’re getting $3.15 worth of prints for free, but, hey, free is free.
When Amazon redesigned the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick interface, one aspect that got completely ignored was the photo viewing capability. Other than packaging the photo section of the old Fire TV interface into a standalone app called Prime Photos, Amazon made no changes or improvements to the photo viewing experience. They have now corrected that oversight with a new fully revamped Prime Photos app that now has deep integrations with Alexa and new voice capabilities. Read more ›
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Amazon’s photo printing service is currently giving away 50 free 4″ x 6″ prints to all customers. Simply upload your photos (or select them from Amazon Drive/Prime Photos), select at least 50 standard 4″ x 6″ prints, and use promo code 50FREE at checkout. Shipping is free if you’re a Prime member, otherwise shipping starts at $4. Shipping is free for non-Prime members if you spend at least $15. This offer ends May 30th.
Amazon’s photo printing service is running a promotion where you can get 100 4×6 photos printed for just $1. If you’re a Prime member, you’ll also get free delivery. Just select the prints you want and enter PENNY100 at checkout for the discounted price. If your photo’s are already stored in Amazon Drive, you can directly select from photos you already have uploaded. Otherwise you’ll need to upload the photos you want printed. The promotion end on March 12, 2017.
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The Prime Photos app on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been updated with a new option that allows customers to disable the app altogether. As you would expect, disabling the app prevents it from being launched. More importantly though, and likely the main reason for adding this new option, disabling the app also prevents it from storing photos and videos from your Amazon Drive onto the Fire TV or Fire TV Sticks internal storage. This allows customers who don’t use the Photos app to reclaim the precious internal storage space that the app normally uses. Read more ›
In addition to announcing the new Family Vault feature that allows Prime members to share their unlimited photo storage with others, Amazon has vastly improved their photos interface through the web and mobile apps. All photos uploaded are now automatically analyzed to make finding photos of people, places, and specific things a lot easier.
A new People section will group together photos of the same person through facial recognition software. You can name the different faces found in order to directly use a person’s name when searching for specific photos. Photos are also analyzed for objects and things, so you can enter the word “beach” for example, and see all photos taken at the beach. GPS data embedded within photos, like those taken on smartphones, is also detected and available to sort photos by locations. Facial detection for people, object detection for things, and GPS data for locations can all be used together to locate the exact photo you’re looking for. The feature is enabled by default, but you can disable it under settings if you prefer not having your photos analyzed.
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Amazon has announced a new feature of Prime Photos called Family Vault that allows Prime members the option to share their unlimited cloud photo storage with 5 family members or freinds. Each person invited will be able to upload as many photos as they want through the web or via the Amazon Photos app on iOS and Android. Everyone with access to upload, including the main Prime member, is able to select which photos can be seen by the group and which ones remain private. Family vault participants can also store videos and other files, but non-photo files are capped at 5GB total across everyone. To start sharing your unlimited photo storage, simply log into Amazon Photos and click the invite button in the menu on the left.
Amazon has announced that, effective immediately, Prime subscribers will receive unlimited cloud storage for photos. The new offering is, appropriately enough, called Prime Photos. Before today, photo uploads counted toward your available Amazon Cloud Drive storage space, of which everyone gets 5GB free. This is great news for Fire TV owners since uploading photos to your Amazon Cloud Drive is the only way to make your photos appear in the Photos section on the Fire TV.