Scoping: Algorithmic Remembrance Technologies (Apps (Amazon Photos…
Algorithmic Remembrance Technologies
Smart Phone Features
'Capture more details.
'Unlimited online storage.
'Never delete a photo again. Take as many pictures as you want and save them with Google Photos'
'You'll never have to delete a memory to make room for a new one'
'Find your photos fast'
to quickly find and
Android 9 Pie
'Powered by AI'
'A smarter, simpler experience that
your next task so you can jump right into action you want to take...'
battery power for the apps you use most...'
you disconnect from your phone at the end of the day...'
to your life and the ways you like to use your phone'
'Android 9 aims to make your phone even
from you and
to your usage
Feature: Adaptive Battery
Feature: Adaptive Brightness
Feature: App Actions
'helps you get things done
with App Actions'
'Predicts what you'll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone'
'Say it's Tuesday morning and you're preparing for your commute: you'll be
like navigating to work on Google Maps or resuming an audiobook with Google Play Books'
'Google Pixel: Memories by You, Phone by Google' (Commercial)
'Select from following sections: Albums, Photos, Memories, Play'
Stored chronologically: YEAR, MONTH, and DAY
'When taking photos or videos... a Memories album is created
'To create a Memories album, enable location information in the Camera app and
take at least 10 photos
After the photos are taken, the Memories album will be created automatically after a certain
'In the Gallery app, select 'Memories' in 'View type' to view Memories album'
'You can share your precious memories with your loved ones through a shared album'
[User]: 'Love, the reminder of memories! I have seen my kids grow from past years to now. When I see those
we get together and look at them'
In Gallery, select from following sections: Pictures, Albums,
'PICTURES allows you to view all images saved on the device'
'ALBUMS allows you to view the images in default and customized categories'
'STORIES allows you upload and share images with others instantly'
'Bring your phone to your next reunion, so you can relive those precious memories'
'Put all those photos in one place [albums], so you can look at them again later'
'With so many photos, your Gallery is more unorganized than your desk'
'Just create an album to get rid of that clutter'
'Show off that amazing day you had in the city by sharing a
'Open Gallery, touch STORIES, and then touch More options>Create story'
'Select the desired photos for your new story'
'You can also filter the view by
People, Scenery, Food, Pets, Vehicles,
Customization Service (Data Policy)
'The more the Customization Service understands and learns about you, the
it can provide you with customized content and information'
'The Customization Service is designed to help understand your interests, preferences, and location, and collects and analyzes information about you invarious ways'
Collects information about Music and Photos
'The Customization Service may collect and analyze information such as titles, genres, and artists played or saved music and information about your photos, such as the times and locations at which your saved photos were taken'
(iPhone and Mac)
'Rediscover favorite and forgotten moments from
in your photo library'
'Photos scans your library for
people, places, holidays, and more, and presents them in curated collections called
. Day after day, you'll find new Memories ready for you to enjoy'
Create your own Memories:
'You can also create your own Memories, view Memories as slideshows or as automatically edited movies, and share them with friends and family'
'Photos automatically creates Memories - but you're the best curator of your photos and the stories behind them'
'You can make a Memory from any Moment, Collection, Year, or Album in your photo library'
Requirements: 'Make sure that your iPhone, is running on iOS 10 or later'
Availability: 'You can see Memories on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV'
: 'Just open the Photos app and select the For You tab, then scroll down to Memories'
'You'll see a summary of the Memory's contents, chosen from the very best photos and videos in your library. You can choose Show More or Show All to see every photo and video in the Memory'
people included in the Memory. 'Select a person to see more photos of that person or group of people'
'Tap or double click the map to see more photos taken nearby. Then select a badge on the map to see the collection of photos at that location'
'Discover other Memories related to the one you're currently viewing. They're
people, places, scenes,
- like the beach, mountains, or Thanksgiving day'
'You can watch a movie of your Memory, complete with transitions and music'
'You can watch the Memory movie that
your device creates
from your Apple TV when you turn on iCloud Photos'
'The Photos app
makes a movie for each Memory on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch'
'If you want to edit the movie, just tap the screen while it's playing. you can adjust the movie music, length and content
Set the mood:
'Tap a different mood like Dreamy, Chill, or Epic to match your Memory's content'
Pick the length:
'Depending on the number of photos in the Memory, you can set the duration of the movie to Short, Medium, or Long'
Customize/personalize the movie:
'You can change the title, title image, music, duration, and photos that appear in the Memory movie'
iOS 12: 'A new way to share your best photos'
'You can also share your
with friends and family'
'The For You tab shows you great moments from your photo library and
suggests sharing photos with the people in them'
'If the recipients are using iOS 12, they'll be prompted to share their photos from the event with you, too'
'Memories automatically creates
of your most
photos and videos'
'In Photos... memories, such as photos of pets and birthdays, are automatically created'
'The Photos app scans your library to automatically create collections of photos and videos called
'Single destination for your Memories'
'If you receive photos from someone else, your device will look for photos in your library from the same event and suggest sharing photos back'
'Photos understands when you've done something
, like taking a trip or attending an event, and will suggest sharing the photos with the people who are in them'
Photos Memories search
'Use Siri to quickly pull up photos and memories based on
people, places, events, time,
and keywords of
in the photos'
iOS 12 Update: 'Search enhancements make it easier to find your photos with intelligent suggestions and multiple keyword support'
iOS 12: 'A smarter way to search your phone'
'Search suggestions help you find the
photo you're looking for or
a great one you forgot about'
'Even before you start typing, you'll see suggestions for recent events, people, and places. And as you type, the results are
, and you can
them by adding multiple keywords'
Terms and Agreement:
'Sharing or syncing photos through your iOS Device may cause metadata, including where and when the photo was taken, and depth information, to be transmitted with the photos'
'Use of Apple services (such as iCloud Photo Library) to share to sync such photos will involve Apple receiving and storing such metadata'
'Unlimited photo storage' for Prime members
online photo storage app
'Search for photos by keyword, location, or the name of the person in the photo'
'Your photos are
easy to find
, because the app
your photos automatically'
'Prime Members can
find any specific photos by searching for the things in their images, like 'dog', 'sunset', or 'Seattle''
For Prime members only
'Search your photos to find your memories'
Search based on animals, objects, and people as well as locations an environments such as sunset, beach
'Finally move those family photos from your
laptop, your phone, and your desktop so they're
'Secure online backup for your photos and videos'
'Preserve your family memories: Safely back up your digitized family portraits'
Worry: 'After a series of discussions with Cloud Drive users, our design and product learned that people want more photo storage. Lots more. They constantly run out of space on their smartphones -
and they worry about losing important visual memories
'See your photos from This Day through the years in Yours'
'Share all your photos from a year in This Day with a single tap'
(mediated memories made amenable to sharing)
Keep your memories organized'
'Amazon Photos lets you back up, organise and share all of the photos and videos from your phone, computer and other devices'
'Automatically tag your photos by keyword, group together photos of the same people an places' (Prime exclusive)
Uses smart image recognition and face recoginition technology
'Your Photos made effortless'
'Offers unlimited full-resolution online photo storage, and 5 GB free video storage, to Prime members, who can save and share their photos on desktop, mobile, and tablet'
'Precious memories are left, neglected in a disorganized mass, vulnerable to technical meltdowns. Not an ideal scenario'
'Once you take a photo, it's automatically backed up to a secure, cloud-based server. The application edits the image, sends a copy to specific friends or family members (based on learned preferences)'
'It's an end-to-end experience that automates discovery, organization, and photo sharing for busy families' (mediates within the family)
'Together with our client, we broke down the photo lifecycle and examined every detail that could be automated'
'A smarter photo experience'
understanding of the 'capture, review, edit, share, store, and publish' cycle informed every decision - from providing batch-editing features to multiple family sharing options' (what about surfacing?)
'Amazon Photos redefines how families
their photos, while
allowing them to rediscover their memories in more meaningful ways
. After all, isn't that the whole point of our daily snapshots?'
who they work alongside. It is an interface design company. They say 'How we helped Amazon rethink family photos'
'Slideshow styles to celebrate any occasion'
Slideshow Maker: 'Turn your memories into movies'
'Bring your memories to life. Easily create slideshows set to music from your photos and video clips'
'Ever is also excited to announce a new motto, #makememories. There is so much to experience in your life: you shouldn't have to press pause in order to edit or store your photos'
Ever is a company dedicated to helping you capture and
your life's memories'
Online photo backup & storage app: 'Protect and organize photos!'
of your memories'
'Ever protects your life's photos so you never have to worry about losing them' (automatically backs up the photos)
your #THROWBACKS' (the throwback photo feature)
and share your cherished photos'
'Over the past two years, we have create billions of flipbooks, throwbacks, and albums to
you to your best moments' (Medium, 2016)
'Ever can free up space on your device, and reintroduce you to your memories through daily throwbacks, videos, and more'
Email: 'Hey Ben, time flies! Check out what you were up to on this day in your history'
'We have the distinct honor of hosting your photos and videos, so that
are free to make memories' (Medium, 2016)
'Memories are the building blocks of your life - and Ever's mission is to keep them sparkling through delightful digital experience, and make them last through beatiful printed products' (Medium, 2016)
An example of what Humphreys (2018) calls 'the postdigital', the rematerialisation of the digital
'At the core Ever is a powerful photo technology engine - now core to Ever Books. Our team of data scientists and machine learning leads leverage thousands of image classifiers, facial recognition technology and more to help identify
the right photos each of your Ever Books' (Medium, 2016b)
'Ever Books are stunning. They're beautiful photo books with elegant bindings and layouts... Ever Books take the pain out of creating collections of your most cherished memories' (Medium, 2016b)
'Get free, unlimited private backup of all your life's memories, from anywhere they exist'
'For all your adventures big and small, Ever automatically keeps your memories organized'
With the desktop application release in 2016, it has become 'even easier to access, organize and relive these memories wherever you are' (Medium, 2016)
Ever as desktop App: 'You deserved a
smart way to organize
your photos, an easy way to backup all your photos, flexibility across devices, and powerful machine learning capabilities to identify the people, places, and things you love most'
'Ever also organizes your photos to help you find and share the memoris that matter the most'
'We'll automatically organize your photos into beautiful albums'
'a platform we built to dynamically show the most meaningful photos to you at
just the right moment
'Through machine learning, our platform is getting smarter and more relevant in re-introducing you to your best memories, everyday'
'We've also grouped some popular categories together like Holidays and Landmarks for when you want to spend time in one special area'
'Gone are the years of important memories stuck on the shelf collecting dust'
facial recognition technology
to automatically create albums of you and your friends'
'Fotofami discovers those wonderful moments
them in musical slides'
'These moments are your valuable assets of family history. Fotofami helps you build them with no friction'
Facial/object recogntion technology
'Fotofami recognizes every family members and friends. It groups photos an creates timelines for everyone'
'Recognizes faces, knows your family'
'Thanks to the recent breakthrough in AI Imaging Technology, recognizing a kid in different ages is no longer a mission impossible. This means you can create milestones for kids in Fotofami Timeline very easily'
'First Smart Photo Drive', 'saves all your cherished photos in one place, securely offline'
'Save, Organize & Secure photos'
'Save all your cherished photos and videos into one place, organize by events and faces automatically'
'You'll find it a creative and automatic way to organize tons of photos'
'We believe emotional bonding in a family is the most important thing in our life. It's the best thing we can do to design
a time capsule
and help parents like us to preserve and share their best memories with family'
Check-in app: 'lifelogging made easy'; location technology, GPS
Part of Foursquare Labs, Inc.
'you can remember
'Help out your future self by adding a photo or a note to your check-ins to make the memories all the better'
'Chart your past adventures, and map out new ones'
'Swarm is a fun, interactive way to keep a record of all the places you go'
'Map and track your places so you're motivated to do more, and easily share your faves with friends. Check in and seize the day'
'Swarm has always been the best way to remember all the places you go'
'Lifelogging, now powered by social discovery'; central to the launch of Swarm 6.0
'With increasing frequency, our users are turning to their Swarm friends to learn more about where they go, and using those check-ins as inspiration for places to explore next'
'Getting a recommendation with a stamp of approval from your friend is always more meaningful... internally, we've been referring to this phenomena as 'social discovery''
'To augment this superpower, our users have been asking for a way to remember
what they've liked about a place, and an
way to share tips and recommendations with their friends'
'Our goal with Swarm 6.0 is to make it
for you to learn more about all the places your friends have been in order to help you decide where to go next'
Swarm helps you 'remember all the places you've been and lets you instantly rediscover them through
or browsing the map'
A data-rich and data-intensive approach to lifelogging
'Swarm lets a user search their past check-ins and reflect on where they've been and what they've done' (Wiki)
'Users are able to search their check-ins by friends they checked in with, city, category, or even the type of places they've been' (Wiki)
'At Foursquare, we build technology that builds bridges between digital spaces and physical places. Our location data and tools help you understand your audience's behavior as well as drive and measure the impact of digital spend on real-life visits'
Photo and Video Sharing and Storage Service (Cloud-based service)
albums for all your adventures'
'Never run out of storage again'
'Everyone's photos in
'Google Photos is a
home for all your photos and videos, made for the way you take photos today'
'Finally, a photos app that's
'Free storage and
automatic organization for all your memories
According to Venture Beat (2017), Google Photos has more than 500 million monthly active users, up from 200 million the year before
'The new Google Photos brings the company's expertise in artificial intelligence, data mining and machine learning to bear on the task of storing, organizing and
your photos' (Vox, 2015) - algorithmic dynamics
'Google Photos recognizes a
like a summer BBQ or wedding, selects the right shots, and suggests who may want to see the photos' (Google Blog, 2017)
Calls the photos '
' (Google Blog, 2018)
Visual search: 'Your photos are now searchable by the
in them - no tagging required' - 'just search 'dog' to find all the photos of your pup'
Google Lens: 'Search what you see. This preview enables you to identify text and objects in your photos to learn more and take action'
'Find your photos
The three main categories of search and organization: People, Places, and Things
Recognises People, Places, Things, faces, geographical landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, and subject matter such as birthdays, buildings, animals, food, etc.
Use geotagging data to identify places and locations
'The app uses cloud computing power to aggregate shots of, say, flowers or cars or the sky or tall buildings orr food or concerts, graduations, birthdays - and yes, cats' (Vox, 2015)
created movies, collages, GIFs, panoramas and more from your photos, or
create them yourself' - 'Bring your photos to life'
Albums: Tell better stories without the work.
get a new album with just your best shots after an even or trip, then invite others to add their photos'
'Automatically organized by
'Your photos and videos will be automatically backed up and organized, so you can find them and share them
- and never run out of space on your phone'
The service automatically analyses the content in the photo, identifying various visual features and subjects like persons or events
'To help you share and receive more of the
in your life, we've launched suggested sharing and shared libraries' ('Give and get the photos you care about', 2017)
'Suggested sharing uses machine learning to automatically identify photos and suggest recipients, making sharing
as a single tap. With shared libraries, sending and receiving photos with one person is
- You can automatically share your full photo library or customize just what you want to share'
At the top of the Sharing tab, 'you'll see your personaly suggestions, based on your sharing habits and the people in the photo'
Shared libraries: If you want to share your photo library with someone, enter their email address; and once they accept the invitation, they can see these shared photos. Moreover, they don't have to 'remember to send photos' to the other person because 'Google Photos will share them
' to the other person, notifying them in the process
'It's fast and easy to give and get the photos you care about, so you can spend less time sharing your memories, and more time enjoying them'
than ever to relive your memories. Get collages of photos you took a year ago on this day'
'The Assistant section of Google Photos allows you to do things like: be reminded of photos from a year or two ago'
The 'Rediscover your memories' feature rolled out in 2016
'Google Photos will now
rediscover old memories of the people in your most recent photos'
'As your photo library continues to grow, we hope that features like this one make it
to look back at your fondest memories'
'We're making it easier to look over the most recent
from your photos. If you take a lot of photos of your child, for example, you may occasionally get a card showing the best ones from the last month' (Google Blog, 2016)
'For all of these features, you don't have to do a thing -
machine learning in Google Photos does the work for you
'Cards will automatically show up in the Assistant tab of Google Photos when they're ready'
'Introducing Live Albums, an easier way to share with loved ones'
'You can turn any album into a live album. Just choose the people (and pets) you want to see and Google Photos will
add photos of them as you take them'
'Your family and friends will always see the latest photos, no manual updates needed'
Google Photos 'finds your best moments and automatically creates an album' of highlights
'A new way to share that's always up to date'
'That's why we made live albums, a new and easy way to
more of your memories from Google Photos'
'With these updates to Google Photos , you can spend less time editing and sharing memories, and more time
Smarter albums (from 2016 onwards):
'Starting today, after an event or trip, Google Photos will suggest a new album for you, curated with just your
'It'll also add maps to show how far you traveled and location pins to remember where you went'
'Or if you want to create one yourself, any existing album can now be customized with maps, location pins, and text... you have a beautiful album ready to share'
'Everyone's photos, together at last'
'Pool photos with friends and family using shared albums. So you never miss a moment, no matter what device everyone has'
[not delete!] photos from your Photos view and move them to archive. This can help you organize your photos and hide any photo that you don't want to see often'
'Any photos that you archive: will still be in any albums that they were added to, search results, and folders on your device; Won't be usedd to create movies or animations'
Tag Line: 'Beautiful Memories, Kept in One Journal'
'Your private, secure & beautiful online journal. Loved by over 2 million writers around the world'
Journaling: Keeping a journal is
with Journey; add photos, video or audio and pen your thoughts. Journey
does the rest
by adding weather and location information into your journal entry'
'Relive moments beautifully'
'View your journal in timeline, revisit places shown in maps and travel back to the past with calendar'
'Daily throwbacks notifications'
'Mood Tracker: Add your daily mood and track it in a chart'
Has motivational undertones
'A cross-platform journal app that is designed to keep your private memories last forever'
Memories: Relive Your Photos
'Photos Taken On This Day'
'See all the Photos, Live Photos and Videos you took On This Day in history. A great way to relive your old Photos and Videos!'
'Get notified each day of your Photo Memories for the day. You'll actually look at those old photos once in a while!'
'Lovely Today View widget for seeing your Photo Memories any time you like'
Feature for the iCloud Photo Library
'Memories shows you all your photos taken on the same date as today, in previous years'
'The photo organizer for family historians'
Geneaology app, subscription based
'Preserve 'back-of-the-photo' details. Watch them come alive'
Four main features: Memory Capsule, Family Links, Journey Map, and Facial Recognition
'Inside the app, MemoryWeb DOT-TAG technology lets you explore links between photos, generations and family ties'
'We also wanted more
... the last thing we wanted to trade in for unlimited storage was our data privacy or control of our photos'
'We call this app MemoryWeb, because we think memories are made not just by pictures but also by the information connecting them'
'We needed a photo app that could do more for us on all levels. More of the upload work. More of the organization. More to keep our photos safe but also at our fingertips. 'More to deliver
fun now and for generations to come'
'Automatically creating and sending customized memory collections directly to people'
File DNA Technology
'Outside the app, our File DNA technology automatically embeds details INSIDE each photo so the story travels with your pictures'
This is details such as: People, Places, Dates, Albums, Captions
Definition: Every photo has a story - the 'who, what, when, where and why' details that form the building blocks of that tale. We think this is similar to how DNA contains the details that tell the unique story of a person's ancestry'
'Our users love how portable their tags are - within or on top of their photos. So the next time you research a great photo or family record, you can rest assured that the back-of-the-photo details will travel with your image as part of the File DNA data'
'Letting details travel with photos (a. k. a.
) is the difference [between them and other apps]'
Facial Recognition Technology
'If you tag yourself, friends or family in pictures, in the future, we may use facial recognition technology to help you tag and
'A beautiful, user-friendly, feature-rich gallery app'
'Browse your memories: Piktures comes with a unique calendar view'
'Piktures let you access your photos on Dropbox with more cloud services coming soon'
'Secure your private photos: Piktures comes with a Secure Drive allowing us to protect your most private photos from prying eyes'
. We are based in London, United Kingdom and we are a small team of engineers, designers and business folks'
'Piktures is a Gallery app offered by Diune Limited' (Terms of Service)
Does not have a built-in search feature