Update Wednesday is proving to be pretty active today as new versions of several apps are streaming out. The latest update to Photos doesn’t appear to include anything we haven’t heard about before, but it does seem to activate some of the features for everybody that had been on a staged rollout, like Archive and Suggested Sharing. If you haven’t already received some of these features, and assuming they aren’t geo-restricted, this is probably the version to get.
However, a teardown of this version does have a few things to reveal, including a significant upgrade to the camera shortcut and suggestions for photos you might want to archive. Since there wasn’t time when the previous update came out, I’ve also got a few short topics from that version, as well.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android’s application package) 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 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.
Improvements to the Camera Shortcut
It has been quite a while since Google Photos added a little floating thumbnail of photos after they were taken, but it’s a pretty handy shortcut to quickly open the app and check out the images where they can be examined properly. However, that simple feature is about to get more advanced.
New text in the Photos app tells us that this little button is about to gain a few