OneDrive adds automatic Pokémon detection to photos


Microsoft has added automatic Pokémon detection to OneDrive's photo storage, letting users search their Pokémon Go screenshots.

The cloud storage service will use machine learning to scan images for Pokémon, creating a searchable index of creatures.

Users need to have the OneDrive app on their phone and the camera upload feature turned on in order for the function to work.

The photos will be automatically scanned, with OneDrive recognising all 150 of the original Pokémon.

"We know that the Pokémon craze has captured everyone’s attention," said OneDrive group program manager Douglas Pearce in an official blog post. "A lot of players take screenshots of their captured Pokémon to show off to their friends - both digitally and in person."

"We had to make it easier for you to find all your Pokémon screenshots, so we went to work and partnered with Microsoft Research to bring a Pokémon detector to OneDrive."

The feature comes alongside other automation-related updates, including several new features apparently borrowed from Google Photos.

One of these features is Automatic Albums, which detects when you take multiple photos in the same place at the same time, and automatically creates an ablum of the best pictures. It'll also automatically create an album on Monday morning of all the fun stuff you did at the weekend.

Additional improvements include a Facebook Memories-style 'on this day' feature, as well as the ability to search via emoji. User experience has also been tweaked, and OneDrive photos will now automatically sync with the Windows 10 Photos app whenever users log in with a Microsoft account.

Adam Shepherd

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