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  1. Google Photos for Android getting advanced video editor with cropping, filters, and more Last August, Google introduced a new video editing experience in Photos for iOS. Google Photos on Android will soon see that revamped video editor with more advanced tools and granular customization. Editing inside Google Photos for Android was previously limited to trimming, stabilizing, rotating, muting sound, and exporting still frames. The bulk of those actions now make up the “Video” tab in a UI that’s identical to the image editor. Next is “Crop” to manually change the aspect ratio of your clip (either manually or through presets), rotate, and change perspective. The “Adjust” tab lets you control: Brightness, Contrast, White point, Highlights, Shadows, Black point, and Saturation. “Filters” and “More” round out the UI, with users able to play and navigate to a certain point at any time as they’re tweaking. This new video editor is rolling out to “most Android users in the coming weeks,” while Google plans to introduce the redesigned images editor to Photos for iOS in the “coming months.” The company today also announced the expansion of Pixel-exclusive editing tools to other Android devices through Google One subscriptions. Source: Google Photos for Android getting advanced video editor with cropping, filters, and more
  2. Google just fixed one of the worst things about the Google Photos app Hopefully Google will continue to add new features to further improve the video experience in the app. What you need to know The video playback experience in Google Photos is finally getting a much-needed upgrade. The ability to zoom and pan in videos is starting to roll out to users. It could take a while before the two new features become widely available. Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central Google Photos is currently the best photo backup solution available for Android users. It also offers a wide range of options for editing your photos. However, one area where the app doesn't impress is the video playback experience. Fortunately, a report from the folks over at Android Police suggests Google is finally rolling out new features that allow users to zoom and pin in videos. The new double-tap and pinch-to-zoom features appear to be rolling out as a server-side switch currently, so it will take a few weeks before they start showing up for everyone. You cannot enable the new features just by updating to the latest version of the Google Photos app. If you're one of the lucky ones to have received the new features, you'll notice that videos now fill the screen when you double-tap on them. To return to the regular zoomed out view, simply double-tap on the screen again. In case you want to focus on a specific area in the video, you can use pinch-to-zoom instead. While these new features certainly improve the video experience, the app still lacks skip and rewind buttons. There are also no useful editing options for videos. You can only rotate or time videos in the Google Photos app currently. Source: Google just fixed one of the worst things about the Google Photos app
  3. Google Photos Videos Were Shared With Strangers Google's Takeout service was designed to let people download their data, but accidentally sent videos from Google Photos accounts to strangers. Google has confirmed videos saved in your Google Photos account could have been sent to a stranger because of a "technical issue." As reported by 9to5Google, the issue was rooted in Google's Takeout service which is designed to let people download their data. However, from Nov. 21 to Nov. 25 last year those backups could have had videos that "incorrectly exported to unrelated users' archives." Even though some videos could have been shared with other people, Google has not been specific as to which videos were shared. Instead, the tech giant says that "one or more videos in your Google Photos account was affected by this issue." In a statement, Google said: "We are notifying people about a bug that may have affected users who used Google Takeout to export their Google Photos content between November 21 and November 25. These users may have received either an incomplete archive, or videos—not photos—that were not theirs. We fixed the underlying issue and have conducted an in-depth analysis to help prevent this from ever happening again. We are very sorry this happened." Google also says that the issue affected less than 0.01 percent of Photos users attempting Takeouts, and no other product was affected. However, since Google Photos has over one billion users, even such a small percentage means around 100,000 people potentially had their videos shared with strangers. Source: Google Photos Videos Were Shared With Strangers
  4. Google Photos will no longer backup your chat media from WhatsApp, Facebook, and others Google has announced that it will no longer backup media from chat apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter to Google Photos. The company was testing this change earlier this month and has now rolled it out to all Google Photos users. The company is only changing the default settings in Google Photos to ensure that it does not backup media content from messaging apps. The move is a temporary one by Google and it notes in its announcement that since people are sharing more photos and videos, it is changing the default Google Photos settings "to save internet resources." A notification for this change will also show up in the Google Photos app. The full list of apps was not announced by Google but the confirmed apps include WhatsApp, Messages, Kik, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LINE. Your existing chat media that's backed up to Google Photos will not be affected by this change in any way. You can also manually enable the feature from within the Google Photos app to ensure that all your chat media continues to get backed up. Google had previously throttled streaming on YouTube to help preserve internet resources. Netflix and other streaming providers had also made similar changes a couple of months ago. Google Photos will no longer backup your chat media from WhatsApp, Facebook, and others
  5. Update 1 (11/06/2020 @ 07:18 ET): Google has issued a statement clarifying the rollout of a Google One paywall for the use of the color pop feature in the Google Photos app. Throughout the year, we’ve seen evidence Google might introduce premium editing features to Google Photos that would be locked behind a paywall. At first, we thought that Google would introduce new editing features that required a Google One membership, but now it looks like the company is already testing locking existing features behind a paywall. Shortly after we published our teardown of Google Photos 5.18 confirming that a Google One paywall for photo editing features is in the works, a reader in the comments section informed us that the Color Pop feature is locked behind a Google One membership for him. We’ve attached the two screenshots shared by the user, and we’ve also added two screenshots showing off the Color Pop feature in action (this was from a Google account that doesn’t have a Google One subscription). Color Pop in Google Photos Google first introduced the Color Pop feature to the Google Photos app in May of 2018, shortly after the company’s I/O developer conference. The feature essentially keeps the subject in color while turning the background black and white (or vice versa), allowing the subject to “pop.” It’s a fun feature, and seemingly one Google thinks is advanced enough to convince people to pay for. It’s unclear what other premium editing features will be put behind a paywall. However, we recently uncovered strings of code in version 5.18 that suggest Google will introduce preprocessing suggestions and a Skypalette feature, which will include new filters to help users edit the sky. The changes come on the heels of a major redesign to the Google Photos editor. The company also recently added a print service that will send subscribers 10 high-quality photo prints each month for $6.99. Google Photos has been one of Google’s best services since its introduction in 2015, offering free, unlimited storage for photos up to 16 MP. These new features might be Google’s way of trying to better monetize the service. We reached out to Google PR for confirmation about the changes, but we haven’t heard back before the publication of this article. Update 1: Color Pop requires Google One subscription for photos without depth info In a statement sent to Engadget, Google says that the color pop feature will only require a Google One membership if the user attempts to apply the feature to photos lacking depth information. Now that it’s confirmed that Google is already locking an editing feature behind a Google One subscription, it’s possible that some future editing features in the Google Photos app will be paywalled. Per our teardown of version 5.18 of the app, we already know that more editing features are on the way. We’ll keep an eye out for when these go live and will let you know if one or more of these will require a Google One subscription. Source
  6. Google Photos markup feature begins rolling out to all users Google Photos has recently been receiving updates that aim at improving user experience and bringing in nifty features. One such feature that was spotted by a few users was the ability to markup images on Google Photos. As the name suggests, the feature provides users with simple tools to draw on images. However, not many devices saw this update, and there was no way to force install it. Now, a small post on the Google Photos Support forum suggests that the feature is rolling out to all Android users. Accessing the tool is straight forward since the Markup icon is present right in the editing interface. It provides users with the option to choose from a list of colors and two types of brushes. For those that are accustomed to using the Photos app for quick editing, this feature will indeed be a welcome addition. There is a separate support page with more details on using the editing tools in Photos. In addition to these small improvements, reports suggest that the firm is also testing the ability to manually tag faces in Photos for when automatic tagging fails to recognize a person. This feature was confirmed to be in the roadmap for the app earlier this year. The markup tool is currently rolling out to users worldwide. The feature might not show up right away to all users and may be a while till every device received the update since it is staggered. Source: Google Photos markup feature begins rolling out to all users (Neowin)
  7. Google Photos for Android is rolling out a redesign of the overflow menu for viewing image details and taking further actions. Instead of requiring users to tap on the three-dot overflow menu in the top right corner for actions, image info and actions are brought directly into focus under the image. In this material-friendly redesign, a new carousel is present under the image with actions which include add to album, move to archive, download, use as, slideshow and print. A descriptive theme icon with a sizable touch target accompanies each action. The EXIF panel has also been updated. The date, day and time now appear in a single line followed by an optional description field. The "Location" with coordinates appears next along with details that were previously found in "Info", like file name, size, resolution, megapixel count and device details. This redesign is now rolling out in version 4.30 of the Android app and appears to be a server-side introduction since many devices reportedly received this update in version 4.29. The redesign is reportedly already available on iOS too. Source: 1. Google Photos replaces overflow menu for images with a new carousel (via Neowin) - main article 2. Google Photos for Android rolls out ‘Info’ menu redesign with new carousel (via 9to5Google) - reference to the main article
  8. Major Google Photos redesign rolling out on Android, gets rid of the hamburger menu Google Photos is receiving a major redesign that does away with the hamburger menu and one that brings with it some nifty UI improvements. While the app has been picking up new features and capabilities in the recent past, this redesign is one of the more major updates the app has received in a while. The first noteworthy change is that the app has now done away with the hamburger menu and the search bar that sat atop the albums and content. The elimination of the side menu looks to be a new theme with the search giant’s apps since the Maps app too recently got rid of the menu. The search option now resides in the bottom navigation that has also seen updates. The bottom bar now houses five icons as opposed to the four options before the redesign – which include Photos, Search, For you, Sharing, and Library. Old New The top section now houses the Google Photos branding followed by a Memories section. Below that, users’ most recent images are stacked in the same order as before. The Search option, too, doesn’t directly pop up a keyboard of searches, as the app now displays a bunch of suggestions such as People & Pets previews, Places, and Things for users to be able to directly view images from within these sections. The previews are similar to how Albums were displayed in the older version. Speaking of Albums, contents of that section that has now been removed sit inside the new ‘Library’ section. This section also provides access to other options that were formerly present in the hamburger menu, including Device folders, Favorites, Albums, Archives, Trash, Utilities, and more. Overall, the update is a fresh take on the design and in many ways, makes it easy to use the app with elements moving to the bottom of the screen. Library Section Old Search New Search The update reportedly is enabled with a server-side update and has not yet begun rolling out to many users. However, since the redesign does not require an app update, it shouldn’t be long before it makes it to more devices. Source: AndroidPolice Source: Major Google Photos redesign rolling out on Android, gets rid of the hamburger menu (Neowin)
  9. Google launches Gallery Go by Google Photos for Android Gallery Go by Google Photos is a new Android application by Google designed as an alternative to Google Photos. The application has been launched worldwide by Google but it is feature-restricted in some regions. Designed to be lightweight, Gallery Go by Google Photos follows other "Go" applications such as YouTube Go, Google Search Go or Google Maps Go which Google launched in recent years. The applications are designed for new mobile users and markets favoring lower-end devices, and are part of Google's plan to reach even more users. The application requires Android 8.1 or higher but that is the only requirement. Anyone may download Gallery Go by Google Photos to their Android device if they meet the requirement. The app has a size of 10 Megabytes which is small when you compare it Google Photos which has a size of 42 Megabytes currently. One of the appeals of Gallery Go by Google Photos is that it is designed for offline use. The gallery application is not as feature-rich as Google Photos but it comes with a handful of extras that may make it interesting. It can be used to view and manage photos, and to edit them as well. The app supports viewing, copying and transferring photos from and to SD cards as well. The application displays categories at the top and below that a chronological view of images. Categories are feature limited in certain regions but Google fails to mention why that is the case. Gallery Go by Google Photos may sort photos into categories such as Selfies, People or Nature automatically using machine learning. Google calls the restricted feature face grouping in the description. Tap on any group to display its photos and tap on any individual photo to view it in full and display editing options. You may share or delete the image, use the built-in auto enhancing functionality, or tap on edit to display further editing options. These are basic and allow users to apply filters, and to rotate or crop images. Videos support sharing, editing, and deleting. The edit options are limited to selecting part of the video to save it to the device. Other features include switching to a folder view mode to manage Camera photos, screenshots, or WhatsApp images. Closing Words Gallery Go by Google is designed as a lightweight application to speed up certain image and video viewing processes by using machine learning to categorize content automatically. The app is fairly limited in regions where face grouping is not enabled in. The app supports some of Google Photo's major features, auto-enhancing being a major one. The app is definitely better than YouTube Go as I refuse to use the application because of its requirement to enter a phone number on start. Source: Google launches Gallery Go by Google Photos for Android (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
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