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With smartphone manufacturers trying to jam more and more camera sensors into phones at every price point, it's become genuinely difficult to understand just what makes a good smartphone camera. With the Pixel 4a, Google reminds us that more is frequently no substitute for "better." With its single, aging 12.2MP Sony camera sensor used since the original Pixel in 2017, the 4a takes photos that will make an iPhone 11 Pro blush, let along the multi-cam monstrosities many budget brands are pumping out right now. While it's nothing special from a hardware perspective (the 4a itself, though, is quite special—read our review to find out why), the phenomenal Pixel processing bests phones that cost much more.
If you recently tried to create a movie via Google Photos and got a portrait only result, even though all the videos you've added were shot horizontally, you're not alone. It looks like Photos is preventing people from creating horizontal movies. The app is instead always opting for a vertical layout with black bars at the top and the bottom.
Google Photos is the most convenient digital means of storing and organizing your photos ever conceived by man, but there's just something about looking at printed pictures. Through July 26, Google is making it easier to wrap your grubby meat mitts around some physical memories by waiving shipping fees on its photo books and canvas prints.
We've gotten our best look at OnePlus's upcoming true wireless earbuds, the OnePlus Buds, from an app that has been uploaded to our sister site APK Mirror called OnePlus Pods. The payload amounts to pictures of the buds in three colors along with their cases as well as some instructional illustrations.
Google Photos' big redesign began rolling out about a week ago and with it came a new map view, a fresh fan-shaped icon, and a three-tab design. What we missed in that new UI was the addition of one feature we've been wanting to see on Android for a while now: the ability to see our most recently uploaded pics, even if they were taken years ago.
Google Photos is easily one of Google's most magical and indispensable services, and now it's getting a tasteful redesign. The app is getting a simpler three-tab interface, and the map view previously spotted in testing is now official. The new changes cover not just the app, but the familiar pinwheel icon, too, which is getting a simpler (and seemingly polarizing) look. The changes, which were officially announced last week on June 25, are now rolling out to users via a server-side switch. Every device and account we have, in multiple countries, already has the new interface.
Photos is among Google's most powerful products, and it might soon add another small detail that makes the gallery app stand out among the crowd. App sleuth Jane Manchun Wong has shared a tweet showing off a Set profile picture shortcut showing up in the search results for your own face, letting you change your Google Account image with the tap of a button.
Google Photos is already extremely good at searching through your old snapshots—you can search for objects, people, and even locations to find photos. Google is apparently testing a more visual way to find your photos based on location called "Explore map." a few lucky users already have it, and others have managed to get the map by poking at the APK.
Late last year, Facebook announced a tool to let users easily migrate their uploaded photos to Google Photos. The tool was initially available in Ireland, with plans to expand to more countries in the first half of this year. The social network has made good on those plans by expanding the rollout to the US and Canada in April, and now reaching a global rollout today.
Five years ago today, Google separated its Photos service from Google+ and launched it as a standalone platform, complete with a redesign and a slew of new features. While the app did get a few facelifts over the years, it's become one of the most stable experiences at Google. The company never fundamentally changed the winning formula and has only ever iteratively improved Photos.