Google Photos Now Has Emoji Search

emojisearch201 April 2016 :
No No, It’s not about this date, but for a fact, Google Photos now lets you search using emoji. Try it yourself. The company announced the news in a blog post on Google+ last night, explaining (in emoji also) that sometimes “searching with a full word just doesn’t cut it,” and you need to use little tiny pictures instead.
The search uses the same image recognition skills Google Photos has had for a while now, but for some reason, searching with emoji does feels a little more impressive. We’re not sure how many emoji the update supports, but Verge staff tested it out with some basics: the beach emoji bought up pictures from the beach; the sunglasses smiley got us snaps of folks in sunglasses (and VR headsets); while the burger emoji gets pictures of all the burgers we were so impressed with we took pictures of them.

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More worrying, though, is this trend for introducing April Fools’ jokes that are actually real products. Is Google going to keep emoji search in Google Photos? It also introduced a new “MicDrop” feature in Gmail this morning, but then quickly killed it after a bug “inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs.” Will search by emoji survive? Who knows.

 

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