One of the reasons people prefer using Android is the number of customization options it brings to the table. Say you don’t want to use the email client that came with the smartphone, you immediately head over to the Play Store and look for alternatives.
The same applies to the Gallery application. With the Android 5.0 update, most users (of stock Android devices) might have noticed that the Gallery app is replaced by Photos. This can be slightly confusing at first, and a bit of a trouble to use for first timers.
But thanks to a myriad of apps over at the Play Store, you can pick a handful of alternatives which might be better suited to replace your stock Gallery/Photos app.
Back in October 2013, we made a list of the best apps available at that time, but a lot has changed since then. So it’s only fair that we compiled a new list with a bunch of new Gallery apps that you might not have heard of. Read on for more.
1. MyRoll: This is my personal favorite as it comes with a myriad of features in addition to the obvious.
You can find all your photos and videos on My Roll and it also brings support for Android Wear smartwatches.
This essentially means that any photo you take can be accessible on your watch. You can turn off this feature in the settings if privacy is a concern for you, but I find it to be a useful feature.
The UI of the app is very user friendly as well as all the images/videos are arranged in folders. Think of this as the Gallery app from stock Android (pre Lollipop) but with some extra muscle.
Users can hook up their Facebook or Google accounts to post images on social networks directly from the app.
2. Piktures: This is one of the best third party Gallery alternatives we can suggest in addition to My Roll. One of the complaints users have with Gallery apps are that they are usually littered with ads.
Piktures is a very fortunate exception to that list as it has absolutely no ads and is free to download for all.
Similar to other Gallery apps, photos and videos are arranged in folders. Users can also filter images based on locations (using geo tagging) and dates they were taken on.
This is a nifty feature to have if you’re looking to pull out a specific image from that camping trip last year.
If you want to send some images from Piktures to your contacts, you get to reduce the file size as well. This can save you a lot of data if you’re looking to send multiple images/videos.
3. Tidy: We rate this app pretty highly among the list of Gallery apps that are available in the Play Store today.
As the name aptly suggests, Tidy keeps your photos in order and lets you synchronize content in a fashion that keeps it more arranged and easier to find.
Images and videos are tagged based on location, time etc, so you can filter specific images based on that. It’s a free download, so if you’re looking to get your hands on a Gallery replacement application, you surely can’t go wrong with Tidy.
4. Gallery Lollipop: The name is pretty self explanatory here as the app does exactly what it’s supposed to. Designed as a replacement to the Photos app for Android 5.0 users, Gallery Lollipop replicates the look of the Android 4.4 Gallery and does a pretty good job of it.
5. QuickPic: This app featured in our last post too and still makes it way to the list for the amount of features it brings.
With support for online services like Picasa, Google Drive, Dropbox, Flickr, OneDrive, Box, Yandex and 500px, users can access a wide range of images directly from one app.
Naturally, users can also upload pictures to these cloud storage services, which makes it all the more easier to access across a wide range of devices.
Images are arranged in the same way as other apps, so you will find yourself at home if you’ve used either of the aforementioned apps or the default Gallery application on your Android smartphone. The app is also capable of playing GIF files, which is a major plus over the stock Gallery application.
The developers make it very clear that the app doesn’t require any unnecessary device permissions, so you can use it without worry.
So that’s our list of the best gallery apps available for download in the Play Store today. Naturally, there are quite a lot of other Gallery apps available, and you might have a favorite we failed to mention. Please let us know in the comments below.