We've been hearing for a very long time - virtually ever since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently - that Photos would be splitting off from Google's social/sign-in platform. We've heard vague rumblings, and even seen some baby steps toward this split, but now we have something a bit more substantial to go on - an exclusive early look at Google's new Photos app, separate from Google+ and improved in a number of ways.
We won't be treating this as a normal rumor post, because we are certain that what we have seen is the real deal. Read More
A new report from Bloomberg claims that Google is in the final stages of prepping its new online photo tool, which has been rumored for months. Importantly, this tool would not be built into the Google+ website or app as the current Photos client is. Let's skip the part where we predict the downfall of Google+ and talk about what this really means. Read More
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then multiple pictures smushed together into the same square-cropped Instagram post must be like a freaking novel. Or a short story at least. The new Layout app from Instagram lets you easily create that sort of photo collage from your gallery, or take new snapshots on the spot. It's aimed at Instagram users, but you can do whatever you want with the images.
RealNetworks has struggled to make the transition to mobile, but it's not for lack of trying. There was a regular RealPlayer app, but that didn't get traction. Then there was RealPlayer Cloud, which had some potential. Now with a wave of its magic wand, RealNetworks has transformed RealPlayer Cloud into RealTimes. It's a photo/video manager with online sharing and remixing features.
Magically uploading every photo you take on your phone isn't a new feature these days. The major cloud storage providers all prompt you to fill their servers with shots of your lunches, vacations, and nudes. Now you can add Flickr to the list with the release of version 4.0.
Except this isn't actually the first time Flickr has announced the new feature for Android. The feature originally known as Auto Sync is now named the Auto-Uploadr (those pesky e's). Okay, it isn't just a rebranding. You now have the ability to automatically upload videos as well.
This move coincides with the launch of Uploadr for Windows and Mac. You can use Wi-Fi or cellular networks, and images are private by default. Read More
Perhaps you spent the weekend cursing the name Android Police because our rumor about changes to Google+ Photos last week didn't pan out. Well, it did, actually. It just took a few days more than expected. Google is adding support for Google+ Photos to the Drive app, but it's not usurping Google+. Read More
For mobile photographers, collage apps are second only to filters in their ability to take low-res images and make them look somewhat interesting. Rather than continue to cede this area to competing apps, Instagram has decided to create its own dedicated piece of software. It's called Layout.
Layout can pull photos from your gallery or instantly arrange images as you snap them. Then you drag, resize, flip, or rotate different parts of the collage by tapping, pinching, pulling, and twisting your fingertips against the screen. Naturally users will have the option to share their creativity on their Instagram feeds.
While the app is immediately available in the Apple App Store, but it won't show up for Android for several months. Read More
Keep your eyes peeled for major changes to the Photos app and experience this week. A little birdie tells us that Google is preparing to shake things up, and all could be revealed in a few days. The changes will reportedly involve Photos and the associated auto-backup features currently built into Google+. What could it be?