Google Photos integrates crowdsourcing tool to help improve machine learning

Object, person, and pet recognition is one of Google Photos’ best features. Google is now inviting Android users to help improve the service’s machine learning technology through a built-in crowdsourcing tool.

There is a new “Help improve Google Photos” button at the very bottom of the “Search” tab after the various query filters. Featuring the Crowdsource logo, this feature is powered by Google’s micro-task service.


Google wants to better understand “what’s important to you” in pictures. The “Understanding your photos” screen presents pictures from your library with the date noted in the top-right corner. You’re asked to “type in what’s important,” with the option to skip and a progress bar below. 

After that initial session, you can improve the following aspects of Google Photos:

  • Understanding your photos: We’d like to learn what’s important to you.
  • Printing preferences: Help us understand what you’d like to print
  • Made for you: Help us create better collages, animations, and more
  • Holiday photos: Help us learn which photos show a certain holiday or event.

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