Google Photos App Independent of Google+ Coming at I/O

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There have been rumors circulating for awhile that Google would pull the Photos app away from Google+ and into its own separate space. This morning reports emerged that Google will indeed announce a new Photos app independent of Google+, and some of the features look awesome. The fact that the app will now stand on its own is a big enough feature, but Google added a lot more. The app also has a few new interactions, including the ability to pinch your way into photos, or swipe out of them. Users can also drag to select multiple photos.

The editing interface is also revamped. The cropping interface now switches to various aspect ratios, with a new rotation wheel. It is very clear that Google wanted to bring this new design into the Material Design theme in a big way. Autoawesome will apparently be replaced by the new “Assistant” feature, which will now allow users more control to create their albums, movies, stories, animations, or collages.

People love sharing photos and videos, but security can sometimes be a concern. Google recognized that and built in privacy controls for your photo and video sharing in the new Photos app. Sharing images and videos via a link in the new Photos app is easy, just select them with the new drag gesture, then open the sharing menu. At the top you find the “Get link” entry.  You can then access all of your sharing apps, where you can put the link. Users who click on the link will be taken to the content you selected. This adds some privacy as it doesn’t download the photo and send it to another server.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"