The latest update to Photos was fairly light on new features, but that’s not always what makes an update interesting. Sometimes the most exciting part about a new release is seeing the ingredients that will make up the next great iteration. This update is packed with clues about new things in the pipeline including support for comments, a new screen to manage shots taken in burst mode, and a feature on shared albums that will suggest links to locations around the world.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (application packages) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information. It’s possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong. Even when predictions are correct, there is always a chance that plans could change or may be canceled entirely. Much like rumors, nothing is certain until it’s officially announced and released.
The Photos app started as a very insular tool. It was all about storing and browsing your own photos. Even features like the insanely powerful search with its object and facial recognition are fundamentally about looking at your own photos. This started to change when Google launched Shared Albums, the first truly social feature to find its way into the app and service since they were split from Google+. Now there’s a new social feature to look forward to: Comments.
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There’s probably not much to say about comments. I mean, anybody with more than 15 minutes experience on the web already has a Facebook account, learned markdown, and started a flame war “just for teh lulz.” But the strings above let us know the basics: we’ll be able to delete comments, copy their text to the clipboard, and (eventually) report them