The Nexus 5 launched with KitKat, which brought many improvements to Android. One of the improvements was an upgraded, powerful photo editor in the Gallery app. But strangely, the Nexus 5 launched with two Gallery apps: the stock Gallery and the Google+ Photos app. The Photos app offers editing as well, but it’s nowhere near as powerful or useful.
Imagine our surprise in finding that the newly launched Google Play edition devices, the LG G Pad 8.3 GPe and the Sony Z Ultra GPe, no longer have the Gallery app installed. The only way to access photos on those devices is through the Photos app.
So why would Google put all that work into a more powerful Gallery app, only to get rid of it in the new devices? The best bet is that Google is planning a huge update for the Photos app through the Play Store, adding everything it learned from the Gallery to make it equally as powerful, but with a social twist.
Google definitely has plans for the Photos app, but in the meantime, owners of the new GPe devices will lose out on some of the new Gallery editing features. Not a huge loss, especially when you can download Google’s own Snapseed editing app, but it’s interesting nonetheless to see into Google’s plans just from one removed app. What are your thoughts on the situation?