Google+ Photos for Android updated with better editing and Snapseed features

Google+ Photos for Android updated with better editing and Snapseed features
Google just released the Google Now Launcher into the Play Store, and now it is pushing an update to the Google+ app for Android. You could say that the update is for the Google+ app, but really the update focuses on the Photos section, which holds a strange middle ground. It has replaced the Gallery app as the default photo viewer in Android 4.4 KitKat, which has divorced it a bit from the Google+ app itself.

The new features in the Photos section are pretty impressive. The app now features "non-destructive cloud photo editing" which will allow you to start editing a photo on one device and continue the edits on a different device if you want, and revert any changes whenever you want. The other big addition is in the editing tools themselves, which includes crop-and-rotate, more filters, and options that seem to have been pulled directly from Snapseed, including Drama, Retrolux, and HDR Scape. 

On the organization side of things, there is a new "All" view to see every photo you have, and make it easy to sort through them by date. And, there is also a new notification when you go to delete a device saying that there is now a "trash" built in so your photos won't be deleted instantly. Instead, your photos will be moved to the trash and deleted after 60 days. 

The rollout of the update has begun, so it may be a bit before you see it, but it is on the way. And, if you're really impatient, there's an APK download option at the source. 

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source: Droid Life



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I like my Google, but I do not care for Google+ much.

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Having a gallery app and photos app is confusing. Especially since it's syncing with each other and google+. It's really messy. Just make one gallery and have a check for every photo thats automatically backed up. That way if I delete it from my gallery, I dont have to delete it from photos, and also Google+. It should all be one.

3. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

If for any people that talk down on Google+, that is THE ONE FEATURE I use the most on my phone is the Google+ autobackup of my photos and videos. Unlimited storage which does not count against your Google Drive's limit (as long as the photos are under 2048 x 2048) or under 15 minutes of video, auto uploads so if my SD card fails (which holds the full size photos), I still have a copy of them on my G+/Picassa account, and finally the new photo editing features.

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I love the feature, but the way it's set up makes it really confusing especially when OEMs try to force you to use their back up software too, and just maybe you use your own. So that can be up to 3-5 apps in some cases all at once.

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