ChromeOS Gallery gets Google Photos link for editing

In an upcoming ChromeOS update, the Gallery app gains a handy option to edit images and videos in Google Photos.

On ChromeOS today, there are a handful of image editing tools built into the default Gallery app. With one click you can crop and rotate, resize, add filters or annotate an image, while any more advanced editing will need to be done in a suitable editor.

It looks like Google is planning to make a better editor more readily available on Chromebooks, in the form of a Google Photos integration. According to an upcoming pair of flags, accessible via chrome://flags, the Gallery app (internally referred to as the “Media App”) will leverage Google Photos to offer “more editing tools” than it does. already has it.

Integration of photos from the multimedia application (image)

In Gallery, turn on find more editing tools for images in Photos

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Integration of photos from the multimedia application (video)

In Gallery, enable search editing tools for videos in Photos

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Based on what we can see today, the current plan is to have a new option in the editor area that will open the current photo or video in the full Android version of the Google Photos app. From there, you’ll have access to the usual suite of Google Photos editing features, including advanced adjustments like white point, black point, skin tone, vignette, and more.

All of this can already be done on ChromeOS today, of course, but you have to open Google Photos manually and find the file you want to edit. It is above all a change of comfort.

Overall, this is a fairly minor change to the Gallery app, but it’s great to see the continued integration between ChromeOS and Google Photos. It’s a good compromise, allowing Gallery to continue to be a quick and simple app while delegating more in-depth work to Google Photos. Earlier this year, we showed how ChromeOS could soon use an image from your Google Photos library as its wallpaper.

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Harry D. Gonzalez