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

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".

source: +RonAmadeo via SlashGear



1. GeekMovement unregistered

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.

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

18. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 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

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

2. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

17. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

19. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

29. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

3. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

5. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 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

6. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011


7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

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

8. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

9. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

why is everyone acting crazy here? I don't see an issue. you so realize that photos are all private by one will see your nudes

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1506; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

28. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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

11. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 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

22. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

13. 90ninjas unregistered

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...

15. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

16. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

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

24. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

the delete option is there in the G+ photos app

21. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

23. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

25. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

26. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

BTW the new thumbnail looks prettier.

27. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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

30. hadouken

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

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