Rumors about Google spinning Photos off from Google+ have been making the rounds for a while now. Now, with Google I/O just around the corner, several screenshots of the company's new dedicated Photos app for Android have leaked online along with some details about how it works.

Posted by Android Police, the images show the first boot sequence of the app, which offers a quick tour of the features and ask you to enter a handful of basic settings – whether you want to enable automatic backup and sync, allow use cellular data for backups, and whether you want to upload 'high quality' files (free with no storage limit) or full resolution originals.


In terms of functionality many of the features from the current Google+ app will be ported over to the new standalone app, including searching people, animals or objects, face-matching, and performing general photo management tasks. The Auto-Awesome feature first released in 2013 is still there, but it's called Assistant now, expanding upon the former by letting you create your own albums, stories, movies, animations, and collages.

Photo and videos can be shared from within the app using customized links, while privacy options include the ability to have location metadata stripped from them or manually expiring any previously shared links.


There's also a revised interface that offers the user a variety of views to choose from, a new editing interface, and support for new gestures like pinching into photos, swipe out of them, and drag a finger to select multiple photos.

While Android Police warns nothing is official until Google announces it, the leaked screenshots are consistent with the company's material design philosophy and "should be a good representation of what can be expected" of the anticipated Photos spinoff. 

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