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Google Photos introduces "Undo edits" for non-destructive editing

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Google Photos has received a couple of updates in the past few days, fine-tuning some of the app's features. Firstly, Photos will now recognize when you've taken a trip or attended an event and will try to automatically create an album with your best shots. Afterwards, the album will be available for customization and captioning. Sound familiar? Well, it does to us – Google Photos has been doing this before the update, but the resulting albums were called “Stories”. Apparently, Stories and Albums are going to be combined in some way in the near future, but we've no idea on how exactly as of yet.

Secondly, editing images within Google Photos will not destroy your original, and you will be able to undo any filters and revert back to the original photo whenever you want. Before, Google would actually create a copy of your original image, so it wouldn't be lost, but this easily attributes to the build up of unwanted bulk in your albums. Starting today, you will no longer have multiple copies of a single picture for every edit you decide to make, yet you will still be able to go back to the original if something goes awry while editing. This feature has also been available on iOS' Photos app for quite a while now.

Other small updates include a selection of new filters and a slight facelift to the Stories tab (now named Albums). As per the official Google+ profile of Photos, we should also be able to scroll through pictures while in Edit mode, but we were unable to do this in our testing.

The newest version is 1.17.0.118258643. If the update is still not popping up for you on the Play Store, you can grab it from APKMirror (link below).

Google Photos on APKMirror

Google Photos introduces "Undo edits" for non-destructive editing

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posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:52 3

1. vincelongman (Posts: 3980; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Nice!

The just made Nik Collection free for everyone (they were $150 before)
Hopefully they integrate those plugins into Photos eventually
I hope they still keep updating Nik Collection, at least for compatibility

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 04:55

2. combatmedic870 (Posts: 548; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


You mean they killed off the nik collection.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 05:28 2

3. vincelongman (Posts: 3980; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Most likely yep

They'd already dropped the price from $350 to $150 not too long ago
I believe it was $500 before Google bought it

So sales are dead and so Google are giving it away now
The Google+ post seems to suggest it's the end
Although all the plugins still work

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 06:12

4. fancollo (Posts: 39; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


Google is setting strange priorities. who cares about naming - Stories or Album..whatever, but why isn't it possible to sort ascending/descending in those albums? Such an easy feature is not available. People are adding pictures to shared albums and i want to see the newest on top not on the bottom...

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 06:19 1

5. E34V8 (Posts: 84; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Google photos is the worst gallery app I have used. It's strange because the other Google apps are pretty good, but photos feels unoptimized. They should bring back the old gallery app.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 20:54

6. baldilocks (Posts: 736; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I only use the app for editing. Google Photos absolutely sucks as a Photo Gallery. Google needs a standalone Gallery and Music Player. Not bloated, cloud connected apps.

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