Google launches GalleryGo – a “Lite” edition of Google Photos for people with bad Internet
Not everybody around the world has the easy access to mobile data or high-end smartphones that some of us do, and for those people, many online services have cut down versions of their apps that run on lower-end phones and useless bandwidth. Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and even Twitter all have “Lite” versions of their apps for those users.
Now, Google has announced Gallery Go, a slimline version of Google Photos designed for working offline to help those on limited or unreliable internet in developing markets like Nigeria. And it only takes 10MB of storage space on their phone.
Nigeria is where the app was announced, along with updates for Google Maps, Lens and various other things. Google has even done similar at the operating system level by releasing Android Go, a cut back lightweight version for running on inexpensive smartphones that don’t quite have the processing power of today’s flagships.
The app automatically organises your photos to help you more easily find and manage your photos, even when offline. It also offers easy editing tools like one-tap auto-enhance. It comes pre-installed on the iTel S15 and on select A55 devices which will become available in Nigeria soon.
If you want to check it out for yourself, Google Go is available to download now in the Play Store, and you’ll need Android Oreo 8.1 or higher to run it.
[via The Verge]
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.