New Google Photos App for Android Looks Impressive in Leaked Images
Google’s new Photos app is in works, which is expected to debut soon, as a standalone service offering a separate experience from Google+. Now we’ve got a chance to have an early look at the Android version of the new Google Photos app, courtesy of Android Police, and it looks awesome with a number of the new and improved features integrated into it.
The rumors surrounding the search giant’s new offering have been making rounds since March, when Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for products at Google, shared his thoughts about the company’s renewed focus on photos. Pichai said the real value for people has been photos, so the company has plans to separate that into its own product. He didn’t give a timeline though.
However, if a recent report is to be believed, the Google’s upcoming I/O conference is likely to host the unveiling ceremony of the predicted significant service — which will presumably launch on mobile (Android, with iOS likely to follow), and maybe on the Web too at photos.google.com (which currently redirects to plus.google.com/photos).
For now though, here’s what we can expect from the new app.
When starting up, the new Photos app greets its users with a new pinwheel animation:
Next, just like most Google apps, Photos offers the first-run experience with a series of friendly, animated illustrations.
The app, like Google+ photo albums, lets users search for images (sorted by specific people, animals, or objects), back up their photos automatically, and manage them. Further, users can view their photos by day or month, or a “comfortable view” which tiles photos by day in a staggered grid.
Users have the ability to pinch their way into photos, swipe out of them, and even drag to select multiple photos.
Then there is the new “Assistant” feature replacing Autoawesome, which was introduced at Google I/O 2013 and meant to apply special effects to photos and create new viewing experiences with them. The new feature, in addition to the existing faculties, lets users create their own custom stuff including albums, movies, stories, animations, and collages.
The editing interface has also given a makeover, which brings a nice new rotation wheel and the cropping interface now snaps to various aspect ratios.
The new app also includes photo and video link sharing coupled with the option to preserve some of your privacy while doing it. In the settings of the app, you can choose to clear the location metadata from photos that are shared via links, as well as see all your links and delete any of them, thus rendering the link dead everywhere.
It’s worth noting that – as with any leak or rumor – details can change. The interfaces, we’ve just seen above, might be different by the time the new Photos app is introduced. So let’s wait for the Google I/O conference, to see what’s in store.
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