Some Android users have noticed a new option in the Google Photos app that should make your life a little easier. DroidLife reports that if you swipe to the Assistant tab, some people have the option to enable a “Jump from Camera to Google Photos” shortcut. If you agree to the change, a tiny circle with the Google Photos logo will show in your camera app whenever you take a new photo. Then, instead of launching the Gallery or another equivalent app, tap the circle and you’ll be taken straight to Photos instead.
Google Photos took over for Google+ Photos at the beginning of August 2015, after launching a few months earlier. It has the same features as Google+ Photos, with a few upgrades such as unlimited high-quality uploads and automatic organization. In November, Google Photos for Android got updated with a "Free Up Space" button that will automatically delete photos that you've already backed up to the cloud. A more recent update (as of December 2015) added the ability to collaborate on photo albums – nothing ground-breaking, but it is new to Google Photos.
Back to the new Android shortcut, DroidLife says they're not sure where the little option came from. Maybe it was "an update we didn’t notice or because of a slow server-side rollout." Either way, it seems like a cool, although slightly convoluted workaround for integrating the two apps.