A new version of Google Photos is rolling out to Android users around the world. Like so many recent updates, this one doesn’t change much from the user perspective, but it is meant to begin preparations for new features that will be enabled in the coming weeks or months. A teardown reveals more details about what we have to look forward to in Google Lens when it launches. Also showing up are the signs that we might finally get to edit timestamps on our pictures.
It’s barely worth mentioning, but it’s probably the only thing that should pop out at users in this release. The icon for editing photos has been changed. Instead of a pen, it is now a settings icon, which was likely chosen because it more closely resemble the adjustment sliders used with filter effects. Like I said, barely worth mentioning.
Above: Old version of the overlay row. Below: New version.
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.
Timestamp editing (again)
The Google Photos web interface began allowing users to edit timestamps back in 2015, and even made mass edits possible in the following year, but the Android app somehow never gained this fairly common feature. But there’s a chance this subject sounds familiar, and that’s because a