Google has made its Featured Photos screensaver – previously limited to Pixel, Chromecast and Google Fiber devices – available on the Mac. The screensaver pulls in the highest-rated shots Google+ users have chosen to make public, so you get a constantly-updating flow of often breathtakingly gorgeous photos.
The screensaver works especially well on multiple monitor setups, as each monitor displays a different photo …
As Engadget notes, you effectively get a mini art gallery in your office or home.
To protect privacy, the app filters out photos featuring people, so it’s mostly a mix of landscapes and cityscapes. To install it, just download the DMG file from Google and double-click the .saver file inside it. The screensaver is then added to your standard macOS screensavers.
If you’d like your own photos to be featured, Google’s Neil Inala explains how.
If you enjoy taking photos and would like to have yours considered, all you have to do is share them publicly on Google+ (if you don’t want to be considered, you can turn this option off in your Google+ settings). If you’re an avid photographer and want to increase your chance of being considered, we encourage you to join the Google+ Create program (https://goo.gl/nNBAZg). It’s a great opportunity to showcase your work globally.
As deeply embedded as I am in the Apple ecosystem, I must say that Google is increasingly impressing me on the photo side. Like Jeremy, I run the Google Photos app on both my Mac and iPhone to ensure all photos are automatically backed-up to the cloud at full resolution thanks to free unlimited storage, and Featured Photos just became my screensaver of choice.