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A Sneak Peek at the Google+ Photos App in the Chromebook Pixel

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When the new Google Chromebook Pixel was announced a week ago, one of the new apps announced alongside it was for managing photographs. Photography played a bit part in the laptop’s design: it has a 12.85-inch, 4.3 million pixel touchscreen (the highest pixel density of any laptop) that has a strange aspect ratio of 3:2 — the aspect ratio of classic 35mm film.

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The new Chrome Photos app was created as a collaboration between the Chrome team and the Google+ team, and the influence shows: it looks remarkably similar to the photo experience on Google’s social network.

Ease of use was one of the big things the development team focused on. Plug your SD memory card into your Chromebook, and your photographs are automatically uploaded to your Google+ account in full-res.

The app is designed for the Pixel’s touchscreen and for social interaction. You’ll find the same +1 and commenting options as the web version of the app.

To make things faster and easier for you, the app has special “brains” that can help you do preliminary organization of your photos based on image quality. It can determine which images are blurry and improperly exposed, and which are fine. This allows it to automatically select a subset of “good” photos when you’d like to put your photos into Google+ albums.

Importing photographs from a memory card

Importing photographs from a memory card

Changing settings within the app

Changing settings within the app

Viewing a collection of albums

Viewing a collection of albums

Viewing the photos in an album

Viewing the photos in an album

Viewing a collection of photographs

Viewing a collection of photographs

Viewing an individual photo with the social interaction sidebar hidden

Viewing an individual photo with the social interaction sidebar hidden

Viewing the wallpaper photos on the laptop

Viewing the wallpaper photos on the laptop

Viewing an individual photo

Viewing an individual photo

In addition to appearing on the new Chromebook Pixel, the app will also be available for other Chromebook models as well. You can find more of these screenshots in this Google+ Album by developer Fran├žois Beaufort.

(via Engadget [2])


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  • http://twitter.com/Darkphotography Mark Dub

    So it’s a photo browser with little editing capabilities on an expensive laptop with a very immature OS on it?

  • http://twitter.com/intensitystudio Antonio Carrasco

    It is nice that Google is thinking about us photographers. I applaud that. But Google doesn’t really seem to be talking to any real working photographers.

    Cloud based storage simply is not an option if you are shooting lots of 24 or 36 megapixel files. Also, photographers might not want to share every photo they take. We usually like to select a few to put out there and then keep the rest hidden away in our personal vaults.

    All that uploading and downloading seems really time consuming. But maybe I’m old fashioned

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.kennn Igor Ken

    Yeah, kinda…

  • Oliver M

    …and when you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, transferable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display such Content (in whole or part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, all subject to the terms of any applicable license.

    Doesn’t Google have apps that upload your photos to their servers AUTOMATICALLY?

    Almost every company tries to rip us off with their Terms of Service.

  • http://twitter.com/Darkphotography Mark Dub

    You’re not old fashioned. I cant even fathom uploading every shoot I do to anywhere in the cloud. it’s pointless. I keep onsite backups and store final edits in the cloud, which is about 1-2% of the photos I take.

  • Matt

    AND it says google on it!
    I hope everyone understands that is intended as sarcasm.

  • Halfrack

    For $200 more I can get a 13″ MacBook Pro Retina without the touch screen, but with 2x the RAM, and 4x the SSD space, and no fear of my photos getting out of my control. Not seeing the upside here Google, please spend a day with a current FF camera (5d mk3/D800) and take all those huge files and do something with them.

  • Patrick Murphy

    I have the pixel and I do not see this app anywhere??

  • Tino Soto

    Photos only upload if you choose them to, and they are keeped private until you choose to share them on Google+ or any of your social networks. Stop spreading crap that isn’t true.

  • GrantVanMeter

    It only works when you download the photo to Google Drive