A picture is worth a thousand words, and, now thanks to Google PhotoScan, you don't have to worry about an old, beloved picture fading with time.
Google launched PhotoScan this week, an all-new app that allows smartphone users to scan old photos and save them online.
"Photos are at risk. They're at risk of being lost when you move, they're at risk of fires, floods and theft," said David Lieb, Google Photos product development head. "With everyday that passes they fade away a bit -- literally."
PhotoScan, which is being called the "photo scanner from the future," promises to "create enhanced digital scans, with automatic edge detection, perspective correction and smart rotation."
The app doesn't require a Google account or a login to use, but it allows Google account users to upload the scanned photos directly to Google Photos, which is a free, unlimited photo storage.
Most reviews of the app call the process "simple," stating that all users need to do is use the app and take a picture on your phone's camera within the frame that shows on screen. Four dots and a circle should appear, and you will have to move your phone over the four dots that will show up. Your scan should be completed as you move your phone over the dots and the circle is filled. You have to take the pictures one by one, but the process seems to be fast enough to do multiple within a reasonable amount of time.
Once the photos are uploaded onto Photos, users can use the editing tools to enhance the picture.
According to ibtimes, the app includes 12 new looks and could make edits based on the photo's original brightness or darkness, saturation and warmth.
PhotoScan be downloaded for free directly onto your smartphone right from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store.
So, if you go home over the holidays, you can break out the family picture albums and snap pictures of as many memories as you can. From the embarrassing awkward pre-teen picture to hilarious family moments, you can save them on this app. They might be cringe-worthy, and you might be tempted to burn any evidence of that part of your life, but you might appreciate having the picture to look back on way later in the future.