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Clues hint that Android's Gallery app will be replaced by Google+ "Photos" in KitKat

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Clues hint that Android's Gallery app will be replaced by Google+
Late last month, Google replaced the "Messages" application on Android 4.4 with Hangouts version 2.0. Google apparently will continue this blurring of the line between its open source OS and the internet. There are signs that in Android 4.4, the Gallery app will soon be replaced by Google+ "Photos". Some of the clues include the missing Gallery application in leaked early builds of  KitKat. Also, the camera and the gallery were one APK prior to KitKat; they are now separated with the camera app on its own as "Google Camera".

In addition while the rest of the icons in Android 4.4 have been updated to HD resolution, the Gallery icon alone was not. And the Gallery application was the only one not to lose the blue "over scroll" warning in KitKat. Replacing the Gallery with Google+ "Photos" will allow your pictures to be automatically sent to your Google+ account the same way that SMS messages will show up on Hangouts.

Google's plan is to get everyone with a smartphone or tablet to sign up for a Google account. Still, keep in mind that the Gallery app has not yet disappeared on KitKat which makes this speculation for now. Talking with our own Michael H., he feels that Google will probably not replace the Gallery app as he notes that the guys in Mountain View haven't been interested in updating the open source "layer" of Android as much as they have an interest in updating the Google apps "layer".

Is the Gallery app on Android 4.4 going to be replaced by Google+ Photos?

Is the Gallery app on Android 4.4 going to be replaced by Google+ Photos?


source: +RonAmadeo via SlashGear

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posted on 11 Nov 2013, 18:27 8

1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I'm kind of interested in the hangouts replacing sms, but i'm not sure about the gallery being replaced with this.. I like my gallery that's not connected to the internet in any sort of way.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:21

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I believe there'll be an on and off toggle for online sync. Doesn't make sense to put it all the way online.
If the worst happens, some will have to stick with 4.3.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 20:02

18. MrJerry (Posts: 394; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


True you have option always and it's good thing but default is really important cause normal people(major) will follow what they say

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:23

14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You have an option to sync your photos to Google+ already, you can turn it on or off. I don't expect that to change.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 18:35 11

2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 363; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


*facepalm*

Don't be evil, remember Google? Why do you keep trying to force G+ on people. First it was the YouTube comments...now this? I imagine third party gallery apps with gain popularity if this turns out to be true

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:43 1

17. jove39 (Posts: 1305; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Photos app has option to "Sign Out"...don't worry...I already like photos app...it's more inline with android's latest app design.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 20:20 3

19. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Did you really believe that? All companies are evil. Which is the lesser evil, that is the question...

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 02:05 1

29. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Even as a Android fan, I am starting to 'not-like' some of google's recent policies. Like youtube and G+ comment integration. Now this. Android is becoming less open-source and more of a google-service-seller. WTF should I want my gallery to be linked to a online account? I simply need a gallery to show the photos I stored locally (and optionally I will add few social networks). But this mustn't be forced on users.
Like someone said - Nexus is not pure Android. Nexus is pure-google. A huge difference between them.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 18:40 5

3. PootisMan (Posts: 203; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Why must you force g+ on us Google?

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 18:55 2

4. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


On one hand, the being forced to use G+ makes me mad at Google. On the other hand, I'd rather G+ than FB, if forcing G+ down our throats causes a lot more people to use G+, I can ditch my FB safely.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 18:56 1

5. zombiewolf115 (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)


plz no i have to many private pictures on my phone for this, i already disabled hangouts cause its annoying, might as well disable the photos app and download a gallery on appstore

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 18:57 3

6. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Jesus PLEASE NO.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:00 1

7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1579; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So what happens when someone goes to send naked pictures to their significant other? Haven't really thought this through have ya Google?

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:10 2

8. PersianHobo (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


your significant other will have it and you'll have a backup to look over with each other in the future?...

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:12 2

9. PersianHobo (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


why is everyone acting crazy here? I don't see an issue. you so realize that photos are all private by default...no one will see your nudes

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 20:32

20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1579; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


And no companies or people on the internet get hacked. I'm fine with cloud storage, I'd just like to have a say on what I put on there. Now correct me if I'm wrong here. Pictures I take or download off the web are added to my g+ account correct. What if I don't want them on there? What about people who use their phone for sensitive materials? Not everyone wants their stuff stored on the internet. Besides that, the gallery app is there and working, what is the point of forcing everyone to store their stuff in the cloud? And when it transfers to the cloud will it not count against people's data plan? If they offer an opt out fine, otherwise it's a non web based gallery app from the play store for me, unless there is no way to keep it from going to the cloud. In which case I will look into an alternative OS.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:12 2

10. baldilocks (Posts: 522; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


No one wants this, Google. Bad enough you replaced SMS with Hangouts and a real Music app with Google Music. No wonder OEM overlays are so popular. They may be slower but they sure work a lot better.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 01:06

28. xfire99 (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


They didnt replaced SMS with Hangouts and its an otpion to do it if want it.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:14 2

11. PersianHobo (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


loving this, no longer need to deal with lazy customers at work. just log into gmail and bam...contacts,calendar,videos and photos all there

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:32 1

22. bwhiting (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


that is my thought exactly. you have all your info that you ask backed up and can easily get to them in privacy without them being seen by everyone.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:22 2

13. 90ninjas (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Umm... have you guys even tried the Photos app? You have to physically sign into your account for the app which is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL... But of course, that information was left out.

Think people, please...

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:25

15. marbovo (Posts: 655; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I kind like the photo app, for me, it is more complete than the gallery and I don´t think it is required to have a g+ account to use it

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 19:32 1

16. scsa852k (Posts: 295; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


They should add 'delete' option on the phone for Google + photos.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:35

24. bwhiting (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


the delete option is there in the G+ photos app

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:27 1

21. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


You're all hypocrites to some extent. Now it seems like nobody wants seamless integration of services, but on an Android's first boot you'd still create that mandatory Gmail account to backup most data on your phone to the cloud.

Embrace doge's philosophies: Much wow. Very integration.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:35

23. bwhiting (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


The actual photo app is great though because it very easy to use and don't cause much problems. You can turn off the sync whenever you want and also it goes to a private photo that only you can see and you share them whenever you want.

Then the "delete" option is there scsa852k, I have the app and use it a lot on the phone for some pictures and videos that I don't feel like keeping that aren't in need.

The sync with one seamless service is great because it means you don't got to worry about where your stuff are located it all there for you to get it done, located, and revived back onto a new device as long as you got an Android.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:58

25. Blazers (Posts: 224; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Let's see if they can get Samsung and LG on board with this.....I would say no. They have their own ecosystems as much as google might not like it. I don't even see them replacing their SMS app with hangouts.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 23:11

26. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2694; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


BTW the new thumbnail looks prettier.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 23:14

27. Gemmol (Posts: 538; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


dont like the move but they will most likely put a option, now it means i have to play with settings now instead of using a phone straight out of the box like I use to do.......I just like my stuff simple google, you doing too much with Google plus on this and now youtube

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 02:56

30. hadouken (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


I don't mind if the apps fuse together. Photos app has a nicer interface and allow you to make cool video clips, but Gallery app has a superior picture editor.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 07:33

31. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


so are they forcing android users to use Google Plus?

- Youtube comments
- Hangouts replace sms
- Now replacing native photos app?

doesn't seem free and open source to me. sounds like they're forcing people to use their services.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:57 1

33. 90ninjas (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


No one is forcing anyone. Anyone with a Google account has a G+ account whether they know it or not. But you have THE OPTION to use it or, you know, just ignore it.

So let's recap...

How does commenting through G+ on YouTube hurt you in anyway?

There are many SMS apps out there that handle MMS. No one is FORCING you to use Hangouts for texting.

Photos is completely underdeveloped and you are free to use whatever gallery app there is available on the Play store. Plus, if you don't want it uploading to the cloud.. Then you just don't sign in THROUGH THE APP. It's a completely different process than signing into your account for the phone.

"Free and open source" has nothing to do with promoting their services they own through... Oh sh**... Their own operating system.

You have a choice to use their services. No one is forcing you to do anything. But whatever makes you sleep at night..

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 10:10 1

34. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


It's normal in human nature to whine, just to be constantly aware of one's own existence. Also, we tend to handpick what we want to see and understand, further molding the outside experiences to one's expectations.

In all seriousness, though: It's their damn product and they do what they want. Android and Gapps are still as convenient as they can be, and still more open than certain competition. Don't like it? Get a replacement app from the dozens available.

First-world problems.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 11:54

35. 90ninjas (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Also forgot to mention, you don't have to share your comments on G+ when you comment on Youtube.. so ugh.

/endrant

Thanks Pancholo

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:05

32. deepblack (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


original gallery app and updated google+ are socks. they both can't handle over 10000 photos. before the update, google+ was fine. but after, it just froze every time to try to import all photos in my phone and SD card. just like gallery app does. quickpic is the best gallery app.

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