Google Photos Update Sneaks in Tools to Better Manage Burst Photos and Track Image Locations

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 22 Mar 2016

Photos are about way more than just backing up your images. The update tucks in some code that makes your photo album more informative and better at sharing pictures and videos.According to a teardown by Android Police, several new enhancements were added to the update. There are improvements to burst mode, more sharing tools, and fixes to sharing slow-motion video.The story behind the story: Photos is an excellent app for keeping, organizing, and sharing photos. There are several tricks to explore, such as hiding past photos that you’d rather not see, with some new navigation schemes. It’s a big piece of Google’s strategy to safeguard all your digital information. It only looks to be taking on a more expansive role.

Slow-motion Video Improvements

Previously if you shared a video with some slow-motion frames. The entire thing will be converted to that format. It’s now fixed apparently. Most phones can record 120 frames per second. Now, those video parts will render that way using the sharing capabilities. The same goes for the ability of the Nexus 6 Pro to record at 240fps.

A Better Burst Mode

The Photos team appears to be working on a Burst Actionsheet that could give you more control over which burst images to save and how to cull others you’d instead eliminate. The option to keep for later are limited to smart burst. Which holds onto the best shot of the bunch, or curation of individual photos shot simultaneously. It could encourage people to use burst mode more often to share such images across their networks. Since the code is there, it may come in a future update, but it’s hard to know precisely when.

More Sharing Features

Additionally, code strings suggest some commenting features on individual photos. It’s unclear if this would attach and allow you to comment on pictures. Shared with 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 do this. The code indicates a method to add map locations to add more detail to a vacation album. There’s not much else besides this, so we’ll look for more in the next update. Officially the version of Photos brings bug fixes, which makes it worth grabbing on its own. You can get the version from  A Mirror or the Play Store.