When you think about OnePlus phones, what comes to mind? That weird invite system? Hardware that offers some of the best smartphone values around? What about alternative, forked platforms like Cyanogen OS or OxygenOS? All valid answers, no doubt, but pay attention to some of the most recent software updates to come to OnePlus devices and it becomes clear that the company is very serious about one phone feature in particular: photography. We’ve seen updates that fix camera bugs, updates that deliver new RAW camera modes, and today we’re checking out a new development that seeks to help users better browse and organize their pics, as the new OnePlus Gallery app makes its debut.
OnePlus calls this “a no-nonsense app,” one that’s designed to serve its intended purpose without a lot of cloud-storage fluff or other unnecessary features: it lets you view your photos, helps automatically organize them into categories, and offers some basic editing and markup tools. It may not reinvent the wheel, but for users already fans of the sort of pared-down design aesthetic OnePlus brings to other aspects of its smartphone software experience, this Gallery app sounds right up your alley.
And while OnePlus is introducing Gallery to the Play Store, right now compatibility is still a big issue: it works on the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus 2 alone. The developer says that it’s working on expanding that compatibility to other hardware, but we don’t know if that just means other OnePlus phones (which we’d like to take as a given), or possibly other Android handsets from different manufacturers (a far less certain bet). But if you happen to be a OP2 owner running the latest release of OxygenOS, you’re free to give it a try; let us know what you think in the comments below.