We’ve been hearing for a very long time since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently – that Photos would be splitting off from Google’s social/sign-in platform. We’ve heard vague rumblings, and even seen some baby steps toward this split, but now we have something a bit more substantial to go on – an exclusive early look at Google’s new Photos app, separate from Google+ and improved in a number of ways.
New Google Photos App : Exclusive Early Look
When starting up the new Photos app, users will be greeted with the awesome pinwheel animation seen above as part of a splash screen. Next, of course, is the first-run experience. As with most Google apps these days, Photos explains itself up front in a series of friendly, animated illustrations. The user can then fiddle with some backup settings before being ushered to a few more illustrations
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Most of the app’s functionality is given away in the above screens. The app, like its current iteration, will let users search for specific people, animals, or objects, back up photos automatically, and take care of general photo management. Beyond that, the app gets a revised interface with several “views” to choose from. Users can see their photos sorted by day or month, or a “comfortable view” which tiles photos by day in a staggered grid sort of like Google+ photo albums on the web do now.
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Users will be able to drag to select multiple photos too, as seen below.
The editing interface has also gotten a facelift. There are still filters and usual adjustments, but the cropping interface now snaps to various aspect ratios, and has a nice new rotation wheel.
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And as for access to your photos outside the app? Here (which for now redirects to plus.google.com/photos) will provide access to a new photos interface, but beyond that we can’t be sure what’s still in store. Of course it’s worth noting again that – as with any leak – anything can happen before the new Photos app is introduced, but we can at least be sure it won’t be confusingly tied with Google+ anymore. Here’s hoping for some official news at I/O.