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Exploring Android L: Rest in peace, Gallery

Android Gallery iconAnother really interesting thing I’ve noticed in the new Android L developer preview is that the Gallery app is no longer around. Instead, it appears that Google trusts its Photo app to be far enough along in development to take over all of your device’s photo needs.

We’ve known for a while now that the Gallery app would be going away. The writing on the wall, so to speak, was when we first realized that the Gallery app was missing from the Google Play Edition Sony Z Ultra and the LG G Pad 8.3. Additionally, it was in the Android 4.4.1 update when Google+ Photos became integrated with the stock Android camera, instead of Gallery.

Since then, Google has been hard at work integrating all of the Gallery’s current functionality into the Photos app, including porting a bunch of awesome editing tools over from Snapseed.

The Photos app is certainly fine, with no major complaints from me. Even if users don’t have a Google+ profile connected to their devices, it can still display photos that are stored locally just fine. And this reduces some of the redundancy that we’ve all been complaining about.

What about you? Will you miss the Gallery app?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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