Google’s new Photos app is coming soon, as a separate experience from Google+. Screenshots of the Android version leaked today, courtesy of Android Police, and there is a lot to show.
We’ve heard rumors since at least August 2014 that Google+’s image functions may be spun out into a standalone photo service. In March, Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for products at Google, said the company is going to put a renewed focus on photos. “Photos are a big use case,” Pichai said. “So we are going to say this is the stream now”.
Google Photos will likely launch on mobile (Android, with iOS likely to follow) and maybe on the Web too at photos.google.com (which currently redirects to plus.google.com/photos). For now though, we know the new Photos app starts up by showing a new pinwheel animation: