Google Photos is fairly fresh off of its Material Theme update, but the latest version doesn't appear to have any significant changes on the surface to add to the new look. But that's not where the interesting things are on this update, we're looking into the APK to find details of what is coming in the future. The big addition will be an enhanced album that uses facial recognition to fill itself with pictures of your family and friends. Photos will also begin directing people to install a RAW editor if they're taking photos in that mode.
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The features discussed below are probably not live yet, or may only be live for a small percentage of users. Unless stated otherwise, don't expect to see these features if you install the apk. All screenshots and images are real unless otherwise stated, and images are only altered to remove personal information.
Google Photos is working on a socially enhanced form of sharing that will be called live albums. Judging by the text, the concept is really quite simple: Live albums will basically be normal albums with the features of shared libraries (a.k.a. partner sharing) sprinkled in. Users will be able to create shareable albums that automatically use Google's face detection to identify and add photos containing selected friends, family, and pets.
This is a pretty significant improvement, given that regular albums don't support any kind of automation. And to come at this from the other angle, partner sharing only works between two accounts, whereas the live album feature will be accessible by anybody that has the link to that album. Collaboration is also supported, and both the owner and other followers will receive notifications when new pictures are added.
<stringname="photos_autoadd_stringprovider_impl_live_album_callout_banner_title">This is now a live album</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_stringprovider_impl_live_album_enabled_dialog_title">Live album enabled</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_stringprovider_impl_live_album_enabled_dialog_desc">You are automatically adding photos to this album. Anyone with the link to the album will see photos as they\'re added.</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_stringprovider_impl_live_album_enabled_dialog_positive_button">Share</string><stringname="photos_autoadd_stringprovider_impl_first_time_receive_live_album_banner_title">This is a live album</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_stringprovider_impl_first_time_receive_live_album_dialog_msg">Photos are automatically added based on selected face groups.\10Automatically add your own photos in album options. <a href=help:>Learn more</a></string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_stringprovider_impl_first_time_receive_live_album_banner_msg_one">%s is adding photos automatically</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_stringprovider_impl_first_time_receive_live_album_banner_msg_other">Others are adding photos automatically</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_stringprovider_impl_first_time_receive_live_album_dialog_neutral_button">Album options</string><stringname="photos_autoadd_api_default_live_album_name">Family & friends</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_action_mode_done_button_text">Turn on</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_empty_album_button_label">Automatically add photos of people</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_empty_album_button_label_with_pets">Automatically add photos of people & pets</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_include_existing_photos">Add older photos from your library</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_notify_when_photos_added">Notify me when my photos are added</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_people_loading_error">Trouble loading faces</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_people_picker_creation_intent_explanatory_text">An album will be created in Google Photos. New and existing photos with any of the selected people will be auto-added.</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_people_picker_creation_intent_title">Select family & friends</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_people_picker_private_album_explanatory_text">New photos any of these faces appear in will be automatically added to this album</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_people_picker_shared_album_explanatory_text">New photos any of these faces appear in will be automatically added to this shared album. Anyone with the link to the album will see photos as they\'re added.</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_people_picker_title">Select faces</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_people_picker_title_with_pets">Select people & pets</string> <stringname="photos_autoadd_rulebuilder_rule_creation_error">Trouble adding auto-add rule</string>
<stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_add_rule_content_description">Add new face</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_backlog_loading_toast">Older photos may take longer to appear</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_face_rule_content_description">Face for which photos will be auto-added</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_item_subtitle">Based on a face search</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_item_subtitle_collaborate_off">Album owner turned off collaboration</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_item_subtitle_limit_reached">Album photo limit reached. <a href=help:>More info</a></string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_item_subtitle_with_pets">Of selected people & pets</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_item_title">Automatically add photos</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_item_title_disabled">Live album paused.</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_notify_setting_change_error">Trouble saving auto-add notification setting</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_notify_setting_change_in_progress">Saving auto-add notification setting</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_notify_subtitle">When my photos are added</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_notify_title">Notify me</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_remove_cluster_button_content_description">Remove this face</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_remove_cluster_confirmation_cancel_button">Keep on</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_remove_cluster_confirmation_confirm_button">Stop</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_remove_cluster_confirmation_description">Previously added photos will remain in the album</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_remove_cluster_confirmation_title">Stop auto-adding photos of this face?</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_rule_creation_error">Trouble adding auto-add rule</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_rule_deletion_error">Trouble removing auto-add rule</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_rule_deletion_success">Auto-add rule removed</string> <stringname="photos_envelope_settings_autoadd_rule_load_error">Trouble loading auto-add rules</string>
There's a fairly large amount of text here, plus a couple activities, but not really much in the way of additional details. It's not clear if there are other things separating live albums from regular albums, or any other things to note with regards to partner sharing, but we'll likely see those emerging soon enough.
Ignore that last bit, the important part is that if you have RAW images on your phone, Google Photos will begin suggesting that you download a proper RAW editor so you can get the best out of those shots. This actually isn't an elaborate thing, Photos will just link to a custom page in the Play Store with nothing but RAW editors.
<stringname="photos_editor_selecteditor_a11y_play_store_link">Search raw image editors in the Play Store</string> <stringname="photos_editor_selecteditor_chooser_raw_format_limited_support">Limited RAW support</string> <stringname="photos_editor_selecteditor_chooser_raw_format_play_store_link">Get RAW editors from Play Store</string>
A quick look at the Play Store will reveal plenty of RAW photo editors are now available, including Google's own Snapseed. The purpose of this little tip is obviously less about helping people find an editor and more about simply making them aware that such a thing exists.
The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.