New Google Leak Reveals Powerful Google Photos Edit Feature

A new report reveals that Google is trialing a new way of embedding Google Photos features within other Android apps.

As uncovered by the prolific leaker known as AssembleDebug, code hidden within the latest version of the Files by Google file manager app allows the user to quickly edit images with the Google Photos picture editor without switching apps.

The editor is activated by tapping a new “floating action button” when the user previews an image in Files. This action opens the current image in the familiar Google Photos editing interface, but this happens entirely seamlessly and with no indication that it’s actually the Google Photos app performing the edit functions behind the scenes. To the user, it’s as though the Files app has gained full Google Photos editing capabilities. However, according to AssembleDebug, the function only works if the user already has the Google Photos app installed.

Far fewer people use the Files app than Google Photos, and most of the time, users will access their images through Google Photos directly. But for other occasions, such as when saving an image from a web page or downloading an email attachment, the Files app can prove invaluable as it lets you browse through the entire file system on your device. With the new floating button, manually sending images from Files to Google Photos is unnecessary.

You can see how the button functions in the short video clip below:

As is often the case with AssembleDebug’s discoveries, the feature isn’t currently accessible to end users, and there’s no guarantee that Google will roll it out to end users in this form or at all.

While the feature has so far

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New Google Leak Reveals Impressive Pixel Tablet Superpower

Pixel Tablet owners could be looking at a new feature for their Android tablet that will make it easier to share music and video from their smartphones to Google’s ambitious large-screened tablet for the home.

More details on the media handoff feature (potentially called “hold close to cast”) come from Mishaal Rahman, who has been exploring the latest Android code. To activate the feature, all you will need to do is hold your smartphone close to the Pixel Tablet, and the media will digitally jump from the phone to the tablet seamlessly.

Naturally, there are some catches here; both devices will need to be on the same private Wi-Fi network, and it will be restricted to specific applications – my suspicion would be Google’s first-party apps and media applications with significant inroads in multiple markets such as Spotify.

It’s not yet clear if there are any other caveats or quirks, such as the use of Ultra Wideband to facilitate faster data transfer and the relative positioning of both devices.

This feature would fit nicely with the Pixel Tablet. Google has made it clear that, unlike other manufacturers who see Tablets as productivity devices, the Pixel Tablet focuses on being a smart home device. Google took the unusual step of bundling a combined speaker and charging stand to emphasise this design choice.

With the new Media Handoff feature, the role of the Pixel Tablet in the smart home becomes a bit more practical. The next step for Google will be to get people interested in buying the largest Pixel device on the market.

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