Android users have no shortage of options when it comes to software and services that help them manage, edit, and store their photos, but for a large number of them, they don’t need to look any further than Google and its own Photos offering. Last year saw Photos get a major update, breaking its ties from Google+ and giving users an unlimited storage option in the process. In the months since we’ve seen Google continue to refine its app, and this week we get word of some of the latest changes – including new features for its web-based incarnation.
There doesn’t appear to be much in the way of new functionality for this Photos app update, but Google’s gone to some length to improve how we find our way through the software. Navigation gets a boost from a bar along the screen’s bottom that lets users quickly jump from photo view, to their albums, and to the app’s Assistant mode. We see further changes within those individual screens, like with Assistant getting some big, colorful buttons to give users quick access to common features.
One big plus to using a cloud-based service for photo management like Google Photos is that you’re not constrained to accessing your pics on your phone: so long as you’ve got access to an internet-connected computer, you’re just a few clicks away from accessing the web interface for Photos. Over there, Google’s delivering some welcome editing tools.
Users can now quickly crop photos for common aspect ratios with the Photos web interface, as well as browse multiple photos while remaining in edit mode – with all their edits being automatically saved (while retaining the option to revert). It’s not much, but for users missing some of the features dropped when Google+ integration went away, it’s a big step in the right direction.