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Leaked snaps offer first look at Google’s new Photos app

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Google’s plans to spin off Google+ Photos into its own app has been heavily rumoured in recent months and now, just days before its annual I/O conference, the app appears to have leaked.

Android Police has posted several purported screenshots and a walk-through with the new Photos app, which is likely to be part of the new Android M operating system.

The shots explain much of the functionality of the app, including the free unlimited storage for ‘high quality’ photos, which are uploaded at a ‘reduced file size.’ At original quality it appears users will get a whopping 750GB of free storage to for of their photos, up from the 15GB previously offered.

In terms of the user interface, users will be able to view photos by days or months or a comfortable view which showcases all photos in a grid view similar to the current Google+ interface.

Users will also be able to pinch in to photos and swipe out of them, while dragging a finger along the grid will allow folks to select multiple photos at a time.

The new Photos app also features a new Assistant feature that replaces Auto Awesome and allows users to create their own albums, movies, stories animations and collages. Photos also gives editing a facelift, with a new cropping tool that automatically snaps to aspect ratios.

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All in all the new app looks as if it’ll give Google’s photo platform a much needed lift as it seeks to counter a recently revamped offering from Flickr as well as competition form Apple’s iCloud photo libraries, Facebook and Instagram.

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