OneDrive photos gets slew of new features plus Poké detector

Microsoft has pushed out a new update to its OneDrive website and mobile apps. The new features being rolled out are automatic albums, “On this day”, improved search, improved photo folders, an updated app experience on Windows 10 and a Poké detector.

The Poké detector was included in OneDrive in response to the Pokémon GO phenomenon. The detector kicks in if you have the OneDrive app installed on your mobile device with camera upload enabled; the screenshots you take from the game are automatically uploaded to OneDrive and all 150 Pokémon are identified and searchable in your photo collection.

Another feature, automatic albums, will detect when you take photos in a short space of time, in a particular place. The best quality photos that you take will be put into one of these albums. You'll be notified when such an album has been created. Additionally, Microsoft details how automatic albums will work with photos you take on the weekend:

“To celebrate all of the fun stuff you do over the weekend, on Monday morning albums from your weekend photos are automatically created.”

With regards to your photo folders, Microsoft has reacted to feedback and will now display a “hero image” which is larger than the rest, bigger thumbnails and a revised menu which will allow you to quickly create an album or share photos.

“On this day” is a new view that's accessible from the All photos page, this view will show you photos taken on the current day over the past years. While you're in the All photo view, you have access to the improved search, this includes finding tagged photos, or photos from a certain place. The new search will also give result when you search for emojis. The improved search is also available in the OneDrive mobile apps.

Lastly, the photos app that comes with Windows 10 has been updated. Microsoft writes:

“Now, when you sign in to Windows 10 with your Microsoft account, all of your OneDrive photos show up – including albums that were created for you automatically by OneDrive! You can even upload local albums to OneDrive so that those albums roam with you and are available across all your devices.”

Microsoft says that the features outlined in this article will roll out to users, meaning you may not have the features yet, or you may have just some of them, so be patient while the roll-out happens.

Source: Office Blogs

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