Google Photos update sneaks in tools to better manage burst photos, track image locations

Other code hints at some type of commenting mode, which could turn your shared images and albums into a more social experience.

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Derek Walter
Updated: 3/22/16: Added information about the ability to export slow motion video at the proper speed. 

Google Photos is about way more than just backing up your images. The latest update tucks in some code that makes your photo album more informative and better at sharing images and video.

According to an APK teardown by Android Police, there are several new enhancements to be found in the version 1.16 update. There are improvements to burst mode, more sharing tools, and fixes to sharing slow motion video. 

The story behind the story: Google Photos is an excellent app for keeping, organizing, and sharing photos. There are several tricks to explore, such as ways to hide photos from the past you’d rather not see and some new navigation schemes. It’s a big piece of Google’s strategy to serve as the safeguard for all your digital information, and it only looks to be taking on a more expansive role.

Slow-motion video improvements

Previously if you shared a video that had some some slow-motion frames, the entire thing would be converted to that format. This has apparently been fixed: most phones can record at 120 frames-per-second and now just those parts of the video will render that way when using the sharing capabilities.

Same goes with the capability of the Nexus 6P to record at 240fps.

A better burst mode

The Google Photos team appears to be working on something called “Burst Actionsheet” that could give you more control over which burst images to save and how to cull others you’d rather eliminate.

Right now the options for saving these for later are limited to “smart burst,” which holds onto the best shot of the bunch, or a curation of individual photos shot at the same time.

If turns out to be the case, it could encourage people to use burst mode more often and share such images across their networks. Since the code is there it may come in a future update, but it’s hard to know exactly when.

More sharing features

Additionally, code strings suggest some type of commenting feature on individual photos. It’s unclear if this would attach to Google+ or give you the ability to comment on pictures shared to others in your network of families and friends. 

Finally, there’s something called “Enrichment.” It looks like some way to automate sorting based on location and other factors. While albums already does this, the code indicates there a method to add in maps and locations to add more detail to a vacation album. There’s not much else to go on besides this, so we’ll look for more in the next update.

Officially the new version of Google Photos just brings bug fixes, which makes it worth grabbing on its own. You can get version 1.16 from APK Mirror or the Google Play Store.

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