Yesterday, we saw Google’s lineup of Play Experience devices make some big gains, adding the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet and Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet to its selection. The reaction to this news seemed overwhelmingly positive for both models. It would figure that a good thing like this wouldn’t last, and today we get our first touch of something really worth disliking about these models, as it’s revealed that neither will have the traditional Gallery app for viewing, editing, and sharing your photos.
Instead, Google’s providing only the new Photos app (and sure coming off like it wants to shove Google+ down everyone’s throats) – at least with the Nexus 5, there was a choice between one app or the other. While Photos has Google+ integration for users of the service, its built-in editing tools pale in comparison to the old Gallery; for instance, while Gallery lets you create mirror images of pictures in addition to straightening them, rotating them (by 90 degree increments), and cropping them, Photos only offers the latter two tools.
Granted, there’s no official word yet from Google that Gallery is gone for good, but stripping it from two models that represent pure Android software seriously does not bode well for the app’s fate.
Source: Android Central