Evidence suggests that Chrome OS is preparing Photos integration for Gallery
Chrome OS ‘Gallery app has long been rather rudimentary, but that’s changing fast. Since the inception of Chrome OS as a web-first operating system, Google has invested a lot of resources in making the OS feel more robust, and enhancements to the Gallery app in the form of rudimentary editing tools were just one part of that effort. The latest new feature that might soon come to Gallery is the option to edit photos and videos right inside Google Photos, without having to head to the website first.
Based on evidence 9to5Google found in an upcoming Chrome flag, the media app is about to add a shortcut to Google Photos’ more comprehensive editing tools. The option should be available for both videos and images. For photos, the flag description reads, “Within Gallery, enable finding more editing tools for images in Photos,” with the flag itself carrying the chrome: // flags / # media-app-photos-integration-image designation. Based on this wording and further evidence found by the publication, this is shaping up to be a shortcut to the Photos Android app, with the Gallery app seamlessly handing over the media file in question to Photos and its more robust editing suite.
Of course, you can already edit images from your Chromebook in Photos, but as of today, you have to manually open it in the Photos app rather than just using a quick shortcut in the Gallery when you’re already viewing the image you want to tweak. The Gallery will apparently still serve as a quick-stop option for minor changes and annotations, so it’s not like its capabilities are going to go anywhere.
As with any feature found in an early development phase, there is no guarantee that Google will actually ship it in its current form. It’s also possible that it will be shelved altogether, or waiting in the development backlog for a long time.
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