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Android 4.4.1: other fixes and the Photos app starts moving in on Gallery

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Android 4.4.1: other fixes and the Photos app starts moving in on Gallery
The Android 4.4.1 update began rolling out yesterday, and the big story of the update were the various camera fixes for the Nexus 5; but of course, there were other bug fixes and changes that were a part of the update, and not all of the changes were for the Nexus 5 alone. One of the more interesting changes had the Photos app moving in on the Gallery's territory.

There have been rumors around that Google might eventually look into replacing the Gallery app with its Photos app. We were a bit skeptical that would happen too soon, because the Photos app is so closely tied to Google+, but it does still offer the offline options that you would want from the Gallery app. It seems that Google is pushing the Photos app forward a bit, because with the Android 4.4.1 update the camera app now pushes you into Photos when viewing your pics rather than the Gallery app. The Gallery app hasn't been removed yet though, but this change does affect all Nexus devices that got the update, not just the Nexus 5.

It also has been confirmed that the update does fix the audio problems on the Nexus 5, and the bug that cause the notification bar to become opaque at times. But it's unclear if the update has fixed anything specific on either the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 7 LTE. We're hoping that Google will release a change log for the update, but we haven't seen anything yet.

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posted on 06 Dec 2013, 15:19 3

1. Lmao2013 (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)

I kinda stop using the gallery app anyways, the photo app is the future of android lets face it.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 18:46

2. Cyberchum (Posts: 749; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

I don't want anything to do with google+ , they should stop forcing it down my throat. Offline mode? yes but you must first sign in to use the app.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 03:32 2

4. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Don't you have to create an account and sign in to use facebook, itunes, outlook and so on? Don't you have to create an apple ID or a Microsoft account to use iOS or windows phone? A Google account is needed to use Google services, and G+ is one of them. What's the problem with it?

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 23:40

3. steelew (Posts: 209; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

I am not liking the direction google is going with regards to leaving out all customization. They seem to be taking a page from apples play book. Where are all the options? There are no options for choosing which folder to display or the order of the folders or anything. I'll stick with the gallery app or Gallery KK or QuickPic.

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