Google has suddenly decided to end the trial program of its photo service that the company launched earlier this year. Google had invited a bunch of US-based Google Photos users to try out the free trial of the service that would automatically select and print ten of their top photos. For $7.99 a month, starting July users would have been able to select a theme from different options before having their photos printed.
Google has reportedly notified users that the service will end on June 30th. In the note, Google said that it had received a lot of helpful information on how the company can develop the feature in hopes to make it available on a broader scale. It has also hinted that there will be updates in the future.
"Although we will be ending the trial program, we hope that you have experienced some joy from the prints you received along the way," said Google.
The service faced a few drawbacks like people could only choose from limited categories like 'Mostly people and pets' or 'Mostly landscape.' Other than that, users had little control over the photos that they would get, and Google's automatic selection might not have favored everyone's choices. And besides the upcoming $7.99 a month pricing is quite high-priced compared to other alternatives that users have.
We can't say when Google will bring this service back or how broad the launch will be. There's a possibility that it can take down the service permanently. We will have to wait to find out.