Motorola has been taking advantage of the Play Store to distribute updates to a number of stock apps including the camera, Assist, and Touchless Control. Now the newest addition to the Play Store has popped up, and it's the stock Gallery app with a new coat of paint. The old one looked just like the stock Android/Nexus app, but now it has a light KitKat vibe.

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The mostly black theme has been transitioned to a more modern white UI. The app also adds a slide-out navigation panel in place of the dropdown list. You can use this to jump between the camera roll, timeline, and album view. Interestingly, the new Gallery app also hides the status bar, but not the navigation bar.

The app is available in Google Play, but you must be using a Moto X (on KitKat), Moto G, or 2013 DROID device. You can check out the old look below in case you're having trouble picturing it.


[+Motorola Mobility]

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  • redsmith

    This looks great, apk anybody?

    • Franco Rossel

      Pulled from my Moto G
      https://www.dropbox (dot) com /s/7mcqqkrlwk2mypv/MotGallery2.apk

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      • BenfromNZ

        Wouldn't install on my Nexus 5 - just me or are others having issues?

        • Franco Rossel

          Yeah, apperently the app relies in Motorola specific libs and permissions. They want to keep it exclusive.

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  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    Given the direction Motorola is heading, I wonder why they decide to make their own Gallery app, instead of simply using Google+'s Photos app.

    • Jeffery Keel

      Because they're trying to sell their devices to normal people and the Photos app is far from normal. What a clusterfuck that application is.

      • Chris

        I agree. I still use it regardless just because it's constantly backing up to my Google+, but it really sucks when it comes to organization...

      • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

        May be, but the Motorola Gallery just doesn't work for me -- none of my Picasa (= Google+) photos show up. Even my wife's horrible looking Gallery app in her Galaxy Note 3 does that w/o any problem.

  • MrJigolo

    That's way better than the stock Google gallery app. I wish it were possible to get on all devices. And no, I'm not going to use G+ photos

  • Joe Anderson

    "new coat of pain" eh, I guess the old coat was not painful enough? Wish G would pic a gallery app and stick to it. Having "Gallery" and "Photos" kind of deja-vu in my app drawer.

  • Adam B.

    Motorola makes better software than Google nowadays!

    Oh wait ...

  • Rick Fisher

    moto seems to be killing it recently. I'd really like a moto x, but I'm afraid of the sub-par specs vs my note 3. Fast updates, great addons to aosp, and the custom moto maker all have me tempted though

    • Scott

      It runs smooth as butter.

      • Samantha


        • HolyFreakingCrap

          No one knows how to do that.

        • Scott

          I haven't gotten the update yet.

  • samantha

    Someone upload the apk please ?

  • remister

    This needs to be on Nexus devices. I am still using the Gallery app over the G+ one.

    • blix247

      The thing thats a deal breaker for me is that gallery app on G+ doesn't have a way to delete the photo you just took if you swipe over from your camera. How that passed usability testing is beyond me.

      • BenfromNZ

        You also cannot use Android Beam to send photos like you could in the old Gallery app.

  • Cesar

    "Now the newest addition to the Play Store has popped up, and it's the stock Gallery app with a new coat of pain."

    I don't know if this was intentional, but it got a good chuckle out of me nonetheless.

  • Jonathan Epp

    "it's the stock Gallery app with a new coat of *pain*"

    I personally don't find it that painful...

    • Rick Perez

      Thanks a lot.... now I have to go wash my shirt and remove this Gatorade.
      Here, I tip my fedora to you.

  • Franco Rossel

    Pulled from my Moto G
    https://www.dropbox (dot) com /s/7mcqqkrlwk2mypv/MotGallery2.apk

    • Gert-Jan Anema

      To bad we can't use it. I get the message "INSTALL_FAILED_MISSING_SHARED_LIBRARY"

      • Brayden Reesor

        Yeah, fails to install on my Nexus 5.

      • Franco Rossel

        I don't blame them for wanting some exclusives. Especially if the app is good. (Spoiler: It is)

      • Marcell Lévai

        So umm... I guess it wouldn't work if I moved a few libraries to my phone from a Moto G rom, right? Is there a way to know which are the exact libraries the app is missing? I looked at the manifest too, but couldn't figure out what I libs I should look for.

  • soyunbott1

    Someone to share the apk?

    • Franco Rossel

      Look at my comment above

  • Lula Jardim

    I prefer the old look but still it is really nice to see a company take advantage of modular updates like this...
    Samsung should learn from Googorola! lol

    • Régis Knechtel

      I used to love Samsung, but Motorola opened my eyes :P

  • briankariu

    I heard your cries for an apk, and I, Brian of the Clan Martias have responded! Extracted from my moto g. Have fun.

    • HolyFreakingCrap

      This works on my Nexus 4

      Goto System/Apps and rename GoogleGallery.apk to GoogleGallery.apk.bak

      Rename briankariu's apk to MotGallery2.apk and copy it to System/Apps

      Change the permissions to rw-r--r--, look at any other apk's permissions in the folder to verify if unsure.



      • Marcell Lévai

        No fcs, crashing, etc?

        • HolyFreakingCrap

          Works fine for me.

  • MeCampbell30

    I wonder if they fixed the swipe action when looking at camera photos. You used to be able to swype down to delete photos.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Okay, one question - why didn't Google do this and release it for EVERYONE?

    P.S. How the hell do I turn off Picasa folders in the stock app BTW?

  • My name is….

    Just buy QuickPic Google and integrate it into Android, with g+ integration.

  • Kurt

    Those of wanting this app should try out Cyanogenmod's Gallery Next... Very very similar in design... But you need to join the beta test to be able to install it


  • abobobilly

    Guys! If we were to compare this with the AOSP Gallery, which one would come out as a better product overall?

    Personally, i totally adore this Side Bar design in Android, and this Gallary app just looks wondeful with it. (Kind of like the "File Manager" integrated in Kit Kat, with that Side Bar).

    As for Google's stock Gallery, now it really seems like a mess.

  • ddain

    On Moto X the gallery app isn't intergrated into camera app too well. If you swipe right after taking picture, you go not to gallery app, but to some camera's inbuild. That's kind of confusing