Sometimes you’d rather pick and choose what gets backed up to cloud storage instead of just tossing everything up there. You can finally do that with Google Photos, as the version 1.18 update adds in manual backup so you can select individual photos and videos to store on Google's servers.
Google says you can choose one or more images at a time and then add them to your online storage.
Another new, although peculiar, feature is emoji search. Yes, you can use a cat, taco, or any of those new emojis to track down an image.
My favorite find was from the Mona Lisa emoji. It actually turned up, well, pictures of the Mona Lisa I took while at the Louvre.
The impact on you: The emoji search is more of a toy to try out Google’s visual search capabilities, and it may impress some friends at your next social event. But the manual update will be useful if you’d rather be more selective about what you backup. If you’d rather go through your images and just choose the good ones to keep, that could save you some cloud space.