Google's new Gallery Go app is essentially a lightweight, offline version of Photos1
In addition to "Lite" editions of popular smartwatches and smartphones, streaming services like Spotify, social networks, and instant messaging platforms have tried to broaden their appeal of late by condensing their best features into smaller packages.
For its part, Google has gone one step further, compressing an entire operating system and loading it on entry-level Android devices designed primarily for emerging markets around the world. Alongside Android Go, the search giant has been releasing lightweight versions of its most popular mobile apps over the past couple of years, some of which appear to have caught on in a big way.
The latest such product is called Gallery Go for some reason instead of Google Photos Go, but rest assured, as it does exactly what the latter name would have suggested. In a nutshell, you're looking at a stripped-down photo gallery app that lets you neatly organize your "memories" without needing to occupy a lot of storage space or even connect to the internet.
Designed to work offline, Gallery Go weighs in at around 10 megabytes, nonetheless retaining some of the best Google Photos features, including the handy auto enhance tool for "instant fixes" of your imperfect pics, as well as complex machine learning algorithms powering automatic organization by the people and things you take snapshots of. That's right, this teeny-tiny app can identify your selfies, nature shots, pictures of people, animals, and so on, categorizing them all without users having to lift a finger. No need for manual labeling and Gallery Go even works with SD cards.
Available as a free Play Store download, the offline photo organization tool supports all modern Android devices running OS version 8.1 Oreo and up. Already installed more than 10,000 times, Gallery Go has a solid average rating of 4.5 stars, although it obviously has a long way to go until catching up to Google Go, which has recently exceeded 100 million Play Store downloads, maintaining the same decent 4.5-star user rating average.