Google Photos may soon display RAW images alongside other images on the main app feed: report
Google Photos may soon receive a UI update. The app, it seems, may soon provide an integrated experience for RAW images. Enabling RAW + JPEG capture in the Camera app on Pixel and Android phones currently creates a “Raw” folder on the device. By default, this particular folder’s “backup” option is disabled, even if the main folder’s “backup” is enabled. Since they are not stored on cloud storage, RAW files do not appear on the main stream of the Google Photos app.
According to a report from 9to5Google, Google Photos may soon allow RAW files of RAW + JPEG images to appear on the main app feed. Google Photos version 6.20 leaks an upcoming change that will always feature RAW images in the main stream, regardless of the user’s save status. This means that the RAW file will be visible next to each image even if Google Photos “backup” is disabled.
On the main feed of the Google Photos app, the JPEG photo and the RAW photo will appear side by side with this update. The report adds that Google Photos 6.20 is not yet widely available, but is expected to roll out soon.
Google Photos has received regular updates that add new features to the app. It was reported in December 2022 that Google Photos was testing a new “Search” button for its Android app, which will allow users to view photos and identify faces. The new button will likely replace the existing Lens button in the Photos app. Google Lens first launched as a standalone app in 2017, but it was later transformed into an integrated service. Further updates to the “Search” button are expected.
In September, Google Photos received a revamped “Memories” feature with cleaner aesthetics and a smoother vertical scroll gesture added to switch between memories.
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