Google’s Gmail makes access to your smartphone’s photos much easier

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Google has announced that they are rolling out support in the Gmail web client for users to access all of the photos from their smartphone when composing new messages. To take advantage of the new features, users do have to have the Auto Backup feature for photos enabled on their Android powered phones. When composing a new email message, users can click on the Insert Photo button to be taken to a new dialog. In the past users were given the option of uploading an image from their computer or pasting the URL for a photo. The new dialog box adds tabs for Photos and Albums stored on a user’s account via the Auto Backup. » Read the rest

More leaked pictures from rumored 50MP Oppo Find 7 camera appear online

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Oppo Find 7 camera photos

The digital camera will someday be obsolete to the average consumer, as camera phones get better and better each year. Oppo is looking to take a huge step in the process with the Oppo Find 7— supposed 50MP pictures from the device have appeared online.

If the images are truly from the Oppo Find 7, then the camera on the device is going to be absolutely amazing. Although you have every right to be skeptical considering the quality of these photos, we wouldn’t be surprised if this phone is the next big thing in terms of camera quality on mobile devices.

Hit the break to see some other photos from the leaked collection.

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New Google+ Android app update adds new photo features

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Android’s Google+ app is seeing a big update today that adds in a few new features, all focused on photo editing. It’s a gradual update that will slowly roll out to devices over the next week or so.

One of the new features is a non-destructive editing mode, which now lets users continue editing photos on a device other than the original device that started the editing. A full resolution can be backed up on a desktop, touched up on a tablet, then finished up on a smartphone, and all of the changes can be completely reverted at any time. Before now, if you began editing a photo on a phone, you wouldn’t be able to get the original photo back if you finished editing the photo on a different device like a laptop or tablet. On top of the editing feature is a whole new set of filters and creative tools that borrow heavily from Snapseed. » Read the rest

Google+ adding Valentine’s Day themed effects to Auto Awesome photos

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Google will be keeping with their tradition of holiday-themed Auto Awesome photos tomorrow for Valentine’s Day. If you upload a photo to Google+ of people kissing, floating hearts (as seen above) will be added to the photo to make it “extra-special.” You can keep it private, or make it public for all the world to see. It’s up to you— try it out now!

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CyanogenMod’s GalleryNext Photo Gallery App Now Available as Beta in the Play Store

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GalleryNext1If you feel that the AOSP gallery app is sorely lacking then you’re not alone. So much so in fact, that the group behind CyanogenMod  has debuted a new Gallery app for you to try. Currently in beta, you have to join the Google+ Community here, and become a beta tester here to test it out. Once you do, you’ll be able to view all your pictures in one centralized location. On top of that you’ll see various cloud services such as Flickr, Picasa (Google+), Facebook, and Dropbox integration. It features Moments support that automatically groups and classifies media based on metadata. It has video playback and GIF support.

For an app in beta, this is very much polished. Even as such, CyanogenMod isn’t resting on what it has already created. It plans on adding KitKat immersive mode, editor support, as well as whatever users let CyanogenMod know about. On top of that they plan on squashing all the bugs. Your mileage may vary as some users are getting constant force closes with the app. It works just fine on my Moto X, and we’ve already seen a bug fix update since its debut yesterday.

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Google releases Google+ Auto-Backup for desktops

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Google’s Auto-Backup solution for photos is a great way to keep your stuff backed up on your phone or tablet. Apparently, Google thinks the feature was pretty nice, too, so they’re finally bringing the option to the desktop through Picasa. Now whenever you install Picasa on your laptop or desktop, you can also install a Google+ Aut0-Backup add-on that will let you select certain folders to keep backed up, just like on a smartphone or tablet. It actually works pretty similarly to Google’s Music Manager app.

If you store a lot of pictures from digital cameras or download them from Facebook, this can be a pretty handy tool to keep everything backed up in one place. It’s good to see Google not completely ignore desktop and laptop users despite the market going increasingly mobile.

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Box app improves picture navigation and UI polish in latest update

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Box, one of the top cloud-storage services, has written up a blog post about what they’re doing to make their Android app experience top-notch. They’ve discussed how they’re working to make the Android app a great experience, utilizing Project Butter and several optimization tricks to make everything fast, fluid, and easy to use.

Box discussed how the most commonly uploaded types of files are image files. In fact, they’re uploaded five times more than the next most common file type, which is PDFs. Since that means that a majority of users are only using box to store and browse photos, image browsing was at the top of their priority list. They’ve overhauled how image thumbnails are loaded and viewed so everything is buttery smooth and completely functional, which should make current users happy and draw more new users into the service. » Read the rest

Google+ automatically “Auto Awesome-ing” your holiday photos with falling snow and twinkling lights

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Thanks to Google+, you can now “GIF-out” your holiday photos to send some pretty cool e-cards to family and friends.

If you take a photo featuring any kind of Christmas tree or snow, Google will automatically “Auto Awesome” your pictures and add snow or twinkling lights to it, turning them into GIFs.

The idea seems a bit corny, but when actually looking on it, it’s really not all that bad. Try it out for yourself! Let us know how it turns out. Hit the break for an example of a snowy picture.

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Google updates Wallet app to add cards via photo

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Google has really been ratcheting up their Google Wallet app the last few weeks. The release of Android 4.4 saw the ability for Google Wallet to be used for on any device regardless of the carrier, which was a major hurdle for Google to get past on the way to greater adoption. Earlier this week we saw Google release a physical card connected to a user’s Wallet account so they can make payments anywhere a debit card could be used. Google has now released an update to the Android app that adds the ability to add a credit or debit card to the account just by taking a picture with the device’s camera. Google claims the number and expiration date will be captured automatically. Hit the break for download links. » Read the rest