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Gallery or Photos for Android, which should you use?

Google has shipped Google+ Photos as the only gallery app on Nexus phones, but for the most part your phone still comes with both Photos (opens in new tab) and a gallery app from your manufacturer. Some might see this as bloatware, but there are things that Photos does well. There are also things that are easier (and maybe better) done in a more traditional Gallery.

So, which one should you be using?

The case for — and against — Photos

Photos has some good points to it, but the app feels a bit... cluttered.

Google+ Photos may not be the best photo app out there, but there are still plenty of ways it earns its keep on your phone. First and foremost, Photos is a simple and quite possibly free way to easily back up the photos on your phone — at least for now. You can choose to upload photos in their full-scale glory or scale them under 2048x2048 so they can mosey under the bar of the unlimited free uploads. You can include or exclude certain folders, and you can dictate when photos are uploaded, and you can opt out of backing up your photos altogether.

Photos can also double as fairly apt editor for making small adjustments or adding frames and filters for social media uploads. The additions to the editor in Photos from Snapseed, have made it the quick and easy way to crop scrrenshots before uploading them for a quick tweet or post. The consistency between Photos on Android and web has also made it easy for Google+ users to find their way around no matter which platform they're on.

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However, Photos isn't exactly an app without faults. Organization in the app is somewhat lacking, as you can't re-sort photos, or sort your folders in the app for that matter. There are far too many folders, considering there's one for each Hangouts conversation that includes picture and each time you uploaded multiple photos. When deleting photos off your device but not deleting them everywhere, you have to remember to switch to the On device folder that is hiding at the bottom of the slide-out hamburger menu rather than trying to do it in the All photos folder you started in. The fact that Photos is a Google+ product has also given it a stigma in many users' eyes and they see it as a nuisance, or Google trying to force the platform on them. The Photos app's backup service is opt-in, so maybe "force" is a bit strong.

Gallery to the rescue

Simple, compact, and powerful. I love my Gallery.

The gallery — whatever version same on your device, almost every OEM has their own — may not be an app that's exactly cutting edge, but for most users, we're just looking for a simple app that shows our pictures and allows us to copy/paste/delete them without much trouble. Some galleries have extra frills like highlight reels added in, but most galleries are straightforward: you have your albums, you may or may not be able to sort the pictures in those photos by date/name, and you can select/copy/share/delete multiple photos at a time. It's drop dead simple, and that's the point. And while not all galleries look better than Photos, a lot of them do.

Best of both worlds

Whatever you choose to use, you win.

Mostly, when it comes down to which app you should use, the answer for most people is pretty clear: both. Use the automatic backup in Photos, and maybe the editing if your Gallery doesn't have any, but use Gallery for your on-device photo sorting and searching. If you use something else to back up your photos — or don't back them up at all — then just use Gallery for your on-device needs. And it's not like these are your only two options, there's a plethora of third-party gallery apps, each with its own UI, features, and niche to fill. As for Photos being the only Gallery app pre-installed on the Nexus line? That just means you can install whatever gallery suits your taste, like QuickPic (opens in new tab).

So, do you use Photos, or is it just the red-headed stepchild of Google+ to you? Is the pre-loaded gallery on your phone enough, or do you prefer a third-party solution for managing the pictures on your phone? Tell us what you like in a gallery app below!

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

111 Comments
  • Gallery all the way F**k Google's coercive social integration. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Coercive? Just don't opt-in.
  • ^This! Posted via the Android Central App
  • My Nexus 5 has Gallery and Photos, with Android 5.1. The icons are identical. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't like it? Don't write a review. Or better yet. Use another app store. Posted via the Android Central App on the 2nd Gen. Moto X
  • Can you rate an Apple App Store app workout "opting" in to their system? No
    Can you rate/review an Amazon seller or item without "opting" in to the Amazon system? No!
    You can't even reply to most generic forums without signing in to their site and "opting in" to their terms...
    It's nothing about being "Google fan kiddies", it's more about not thinking is a ridiculous Google conspiracy...
  • Apple doesn't use Facebook Accounts to do product Reviews on their App Stores. That's pretty much what Google is doing with Google+, except of course they own Google+. They are trying to drive adoption of Google+ by tying it to pretty basic functionality in other aspects of their ecosystem. There's a big difference between: 1. You need an Apple ID or Google Account to leave app reviews in App Store or Play Store and... 2. You need an Apple ID or Google Account and a Public Social Network Profile (Facebook or Google+) to leave app reviews in the play store. This would be ALMOST okay, if people weren't paying money for products and then finding out that they have to broadcast themselves on the internet just to leave feedback to the developers for those products. I am not sure why you people go so far out of your way to try to excuse this. Nothing about what they did to the Play Store review process is logical. Apple does not have any such restrictions on leaving feedback. The entire process on their platform/in their app store and leaps and bounds superior to what Google has going on, and Google+ is the main reason for it.
  • Come on, Jerry. You make it look like having a Plus account is 100% on demand. Like everybody that joins Google Plus do it because they want it. Absolutely nobody is coerced into Plus as a condition to using the Google Services that the people really want. That is really what you think? Are you really convinced of this? May be you can help this person, who is asking how to use Google Play Games without a Plus account:
    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2321225 My children would also like to play Riptide GP2 against each other (this game has multiplayer capability), but they can't since they don't have a Plus account. Or maybe you can answer to this other person, who wants to leave app feedback, without creating a Plus account. I bet that you know how to do it, don't you?
    http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/86166/how-do-you-leave-a-revi... The same applies to Youtube comments, and the last time that I checked, you couldn't send pictures in Hangout like we used to do in GTalk, as Google had reserved that privilege as exclusive benefit of their uncoerced Plus users. I don't know if this is allowed now, and is not relevant anymore to me. So.....nobody is coerced as it is just an opt-in....really?
  • You automatically have a Google+ plus account just by having a Google account in general though. You don't have to use any of the services that accompany the creation of your Google account. You don't have to use Google+ in order to use Play Games, Books, Magazines, or any other Google product. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I haven't tried creating a new Google account recently. But I certainly don't have Google+ on my old Google account, it wasn't added automatically, it is something I need to opt into and I don't want to do that. I did create another account purely for Google+, but it has one specific use, so I won't be using it for app reviews, YouTube comments, or the like. Posted via Android Central App
  • About automatically having a Plus account,
    1. Some people created their Gmail accounts before the existence of Plus. This is not true for them (us).
    2. People who pay attention to what they (we) accept during sign-up notice that it is possible to create a Gmail account without a Plus account. However, I read that for some time, it was not possible to Opt-out.
    3. It is illegal in many countries for children to have social network accounts without permission of their parents. Google abides to the law and do not create Plus accounts for minors of 13 without permission of their parents (lying is an option, of course).
    4. If your Google account is part of a GApps domain, then the domain administrator decides what Google services you are allowed to use. This is a sensible alternative for families, in addition to businesses. In summary..... No. About having but not using.....I decided not to do that.
  • I don't think you fully understand what Google+ is. There are two very distinct services bundled under that naming convention. The first, to which you allude, is the social network. The latter, which enables all of these services, is Google+ Sign in. It adds a social layer and allows for one click registration in many apps and services. It is actually really convenient. So yes, you need to use Google+ sign in for these services. By no means do you need to use Google+. This is not limited to Google apps either. This also applies to a variety of third party apps because it is convenient.
  • The bad thing about signing up using Google+ is... Google keeps a record/history of all that...
  • Contrary to what the "Tin foil" callers think. I don't care about this part. Well, I actually do care.... data mining is how I make a living. ;-) No, it is about having a spine. If you strongly disagree with a service's policies and you have a spine then you show it. Having an account without using it (passive) shows the wrong message to family and friends. You want them to ask why you are not there, so that you can explain why they shouldn't either.
  • This is a little bit silly. If you have an inactive account you are spineless? Come on dude. You also don't need to explain anything to your friends, just set the profile to private and don't add any friends. Problem solved.
  • Who cares?
  • Can you please point me on how to enroll in the part that enables the services without being in the social network? I don't want my friends and family to find me there. I don't want them to think that I support Google Plus policies. That would be like a gay wearing Dolce&Gabana! Google it. ;-) So, the funny thing is that I also believe that you don't understand what Google is trying to do. A lot of my relatives rejected Twitter because they couldn't find any friend or relative there. Google is coercing people to have a Plus account so that relatives and friends can find you there. Being there, passively, serves as a bait to others. It also creates the perception (to them) that you are a happy user.
    The truth is that I'm not, and I don't want any of my friends to believe that I support the Plus policies. They know my critical thinking. They know that I stand for I believe, and boycott those services that I don't agree with. It is not enough having a spine if you don't show it. I was similarly critical of Microsoft in the past. But they have changed (now that they are not in a position to be bullies), and my opinion of them has changed. Google can change too. It is slowly happening, but it is not there yet.
  • just set the profile to private. I really don't understand why you have such a hate on for Google+. "So, the funny thing is that I also believe that you don't understand what Google is trying to do. A lot of my relatives rejected Twitter because they couldn't find any friend or relative there" Have you ever actually used the service? It isn't a facebook clone, it isn't a twitter clone. It is more of a hybrid of Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin using circles to manage which content is seen by whom. It is actually quite clever. Twitter isn't really used to connect with family and friends, not its intended purpose. It is used primarily for quick news to the public and a potential RSS replacement. "Google is coercing people to have a Plus account so that relatives and friends can find you there. " God forbid a company try to encourage their users to use a new service they provide....that never happens............... Again, who cares. "The truth is that I'm not, and I don't want any of my friends to believe that I support the Plus policies. They know my critical thinking. They know that I stand for I believe, and boycott those services that I don't agree with. It is not enough having a spine if you don't show it." Which policies are you referring to? They are far less shady about their practices than facebook who use their users photos in ads without consent. Is it the nudging of users to the service that bugs you? Remember that most of those services are social. Google Play Games is a social service, it makes sense that it be connected to a centralized social platform. It allows users to have a single social profile where they can track all of their social activity within the google ecosystem. Also, these services are being split off anyways as Google is going to be simply renaming Google+ to streams. Hangouts and Photos are to be an independent product and Google+ Sign in is also being spun off. "I was similarly critical of Microsoft in the past. But they have changed (now that they are not in a position to be bullies), and my opinion of them has changed. Google can change too. It is slowly happening, but it is not there yet." Hahahaha are you kidding me?? Microsoft peddles their services the same if not more than Google. They ram Bing down your throat at every opportunity. On Windows Phone you can't even change the provider of the default search app. You get Cortana who might as well have the last name Bing. At least on Android, you can fully replace the search app with the Bing app and it has the same level of permissions. How is this any different? Integrating Skype into all their products as well. Does this violate your ethics?
  • Given what Microsoft has done to invade privacy with Windows 10, I feel they are now the worst offender on the tech world - and you have to pay them, to boot! However, I find Google's relentlessness VERY offputting, and I don't think they should get a pass just because they don't charge you to use their products. They seem to be getting worse, not better, from my perspective. Apple is no better. I fled the Windows world before 10 was released, and while I'm glad I made the move I was taken aback by Apple's expanding intrusiveness. Google, Microft and Apple appear to be trying to one-up each other when it comes to prying into our data and lives. There's no countervailing force, so they just keep going. Evidently lacking ethics is a prerequisite for being a top decision-maker at these corporations....
  • With Windows 10, Microsoft decided everything you do on you computer is THEIE business. Can it get any worse?
  • Sorry, bad typo - should be THEIR but my phone decided to change the spelling (really) and then when I tried to edit my comment I couldn't (AC glitch?).
  • Yeah. I have several Android phones that I don't use any Google services on. They work well, and I use f-droid for apps or build my own from source.
  • Seems like the Tin Foil hats have a real problem with Google. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Haha Posted via the Android Central App on the 2nd Gen. Moto X
  • QuickPic all day Nexus 5 (AT&T)
  • Coercive? They made a fantastic social network but it's up to you to use it.
  • Being now on a Nexus Photos is all that came with it. I already used Dropbox to auto upload and sync my pictures so turned that off in Photos. I have used QuickPic on my last few phones and like it and am comfortable with it so that is what I use.
  • +1 for QP Nexus 5 (AT&T)
  • I use photos and quickpic.
  • QuickPic is what I use after the removable of Gallery. It's not that I don't like Photos it's just I don't like them forcing it down our throats. I also use the Cyanogen Gallery application which is a very nice application for photos with gif support. Posted via the Android Central App using Chickens
  • Do you not like them forcing gmail down your throat? Contacts? OH GOD GOOGLE WHY DO YOU INCLUDE A LAUNCHER ON YOUR PHONE?!
  • This Posted via the Android Central App on the 2nd Gen. Moto X
  • Quickpic is what you should use. ;)
  • Indeed it is Nexus 5 (AT&T)
  • +1 -- RCA Voyager
  • I generally use Sony's Album app and then QuickPic when necessary. I want as little to do with Google+ as possible. I just use it (well, am forced to use it) to put some photos for Chromecast. That's it.
  • I use scene. Haven't tried Quickpic yet though. Posted from the bando
  • QuickPic's awesome. It hasn't replaced the Motorola Gallery for my on-device photo sorting, but the Drive integration is pretty sweet.
  • I really like Samsung's gallery app and the way it let's you organize things. Google+ photos takes a bit of time to figure out. I also don't allow auto upload of photos. I found its easier to go on a computer and organize Google+ photos. Now Samsung's gallery app is very simple and extremely useful. The only thing lacking with Samsung's gallery app is a trash can. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm a fan of both. I like to use the motorola gallery because it runs a little snappier than photos. I have it as the default when swiping from the camera. When I go looking for a particular picture, I tend to go into the photos app. Mostly because I've had a few phones/factory resets and usually the pic I'm looking for is in the cloud. Also I like the google auto-awesome photos/gifs. Photos and Gallery, living together in harmony.
  • Totally agree with the article. I use both Photos and QuickPic but these days I spend more time in QuickPic as it has Cloud integration. Photos still 'feels' slightly better in terms of animation smoothness but QuickPic is a whole lot better than it used to be and I can't really complain. QuickPic has really come a very long way and thoroughly recommend it. QuickPic has a more traditional folder view which I prefer, whereas Photos can be a little cluttered and difficult to navigate.
  • QuickPic forever! Posted via Android Central App
  • Quckpic all the way, no app can beat its lighting fast loading times and unbloated clean material interface Posted via the AC App with my jacked up GT-P3113
  • "F-Stop" is the best I've found and in my opinion definitely better than "QuickPic".
  • I'll agree. But I'm glad there are plenty of options :)
  • How can you choose which folders to be uploaded? Posted via the Android Central App
  • go to the on-device folder and tap the cloud icon next to each folder's name. The Camera HAS to the uploaded (why, I do not know), but you can turn on and off any other ones you want.
  • This is why I don't use Photos for cloud sync. When taking pictures, I usually take a lot of shots and later sort through them all and just keep the best ones which I then copy to specific folders that are cloud-synced. If I use Photos then all my camera shots will get uploaded which is a real pain.
  • Set your Photos app to only upload when you charge your phone. You'll have plenty of time to delete everything until then. Usually. I may do this myself, but I'm not taking as many pics as I thought.
  • THIS.
  • Problem is that my phone will often get charged before I get a chance to review my camera photos, so this doesn't work. Yes, it's a risk but it's my preferred way of operating.
  • I preferred the gallery app to photos. I've never used quickpic, but going by the contents I'm gonna give it a download. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Quickpick all the way !
  • +1 for QuickPic.
  • Well jeez, i guess I'd better check Quickpic out! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I used to use quickpic but I didn't like the way it organized things and it wasn't quick at all.
  • Perhaps you are doing something wrong then? It is very fast on EVERY device I have ever used it on. Plus there are a variety of organizational views and options.... FAR more than the extremely limited "gallery" or "photos".
  • Not a fan of photos. I prefer the classic Google gallery for some organization. That said, I am getting by without gallery just fine on Nexus 6 and still haven't taken the time to install something better.
  • QuickPic is great! Installed on my N7 2012 after Lollipop eliminated Gallery and left me with Photos. Also I prefer it over Gallery on my Razr Maxx HD. Posted via Android Central App
  • Someone please correct me if this has changed. How to view your photos in album view:
    Gallery - open the app...done
    Photos - open app, go to left menu, find albums, click, done.
  • I use quick pic for photos and google + to backup photos. I wished they had an app that was like iOS's photos that sorted photos in a "year" view Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • is there a way to download gallery to N6. i hate photos.
  • I would just use QuickPic. Thats what I did on my N5 after lollipop. So far very satisfied with the experience.
  • I downloaded a+ gallery, I think I found a replacement for quick pic. It had a year's view like iOS photos! Yeah! Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • I'm also a fan of A+ Gallery, strange it's not in the list but it beats all the apps listed here.
  • I wish Google hadn't gotten rid of the Gallery app to try to force us to just use Photos when I used both.. It had a useful video trimmer tool that I used often. Now it's gone and I had to find another app that does it. A waste of time & space. I use Quickpic as my main gallery app now and I use Photos to edit my pics. Posted via Android Central App on The Nexus 5
  • Quickpic all the way (save for the Photos backup)
  • It is the best on android but I still miss iOS gallery. No faces, places, or years view. There is moments in some photo gallery but that is it Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • That's what I don't like about iOS. I don't like software thinking I can't organize my stuff Nexus 5 (AT&T)
  • I've been using Piktures on my Nexus 6. I like it quite a bit (Material Design lingo all over). I wasn't a huge fan of F-Stop's layout.
  • Ever since I started using Google+ Photos, its the only thing I will use.
  • I use quick pic Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've used both Gallery and Google Photos. While both programs are nice, I tend to use Gallery more than I use Google Photos. Really love the updates that Motorola made to their gallery app. Makes everything look real nice.
  • Talk about picking something and sticking to it... All I see on here now is, Google+ this, Google+ that. It's great that you're trying to get people to use the service give it a rest. And now android central is all about photography. I know I'll be flamed by the "fans" but, I don't care; this site is getting repetitive, and I unfortunately find myself coming here less and less. Change it up a bit is all I'm saying.
  • They're called series.
  • Looks like I'm the only one who uses only Photos. Gallery is disabled. Posted via the Android Central App
  • For me, it just depends on how strong a signal I have which is a deciding factor in which photo app I use at that time. I've got both Photos and Gallery installed on my phone. If I'm in an area with a strong cell phone signal, I'll use Google Photos. Otherwise, I just go ahead and use the Gallery app. For those who don't have a gallery app on your phone, QuickPic is an excellent program to use. I used to use it on my Droid Bionic back in 2013.
  • >"Gallery or Photos for Android, which should you use?" Neither. You should use Quickpic. https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • The drive website says, "Photos bigger than 2048x2048 pixels use your storage. Everything smaller than that is free." Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use QuickPic and GalleryNext. I hope Cyanogen will update their GalleryNext app.
  • I use the KK gallery apk that's on the play store, .99 removes all ads. Love it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • One thing I hate about the Photos app is it's abysmal support for video above 4K and other files formats. That alone keeps me from using it since I took a recent trip for example and shot all my videos in 4K which Photos won't play. Or does once in a blue moon.
  • Thanks for the Quickpic tip. Downloaded to my Nexus 5. Organization is easy again.
  • Yeah, I plucked from XDA the Album app from the Xperia Z3 for my Note 3, and never looked back. The pinch gesture to see more/less photos at once is indispensable to me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've just switched to the Gallery app on my Moto G 1st gen. Shall see how it goes.
  • I use g+ photos and Gallery and Flickr for the full resolution photos I can't live without. The more places I can stash them the better Posted via the Android Central App
  • For all these people complaining about Google... No one is making you use anything. You have every right to use Android without creating a Google account at all. Instead you just troll comment sections like this one to whine and complain. Meanwhile you HAVE and USE all the Google services you love to bitch about so much. Until you actually STOP using anything Google and switch to Apple so they can shove their services down your throat shut up. Because no one wants to have to wade through all your repetitive, bitchy comments. Ok, I'll step off my soap box. Posted via the Android Central App on the 2nd Gen. Moto X
  • +1,000,000,000 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love the backup and edit features of Photos, but like the article says, the organizing is terrible. For managing my photos on device I use the Motorola Gallery app. It's nice and simple. Photos backup is nice because it ties in with my Drive storage. I have a terabyte free from buying a Chromebook, so all my pictures get backed up without me even having to worry about space. Posted via the Android Central App on the 2nd Gen. Moto X
  • I like Gallery.
  • One of the main problems Gallery apps have had over the years was... they always included Album Art photos, which was annoying.
  • I use Gallery. It suits my needs and I like its simplicity. And, people are going to think that I am crazy or behind the times, but I actually back up my photos to my personal computer (which itself is backed up to my personal My Cloud device). Like I said, it works for me, and that is all that counts.
  • I have used Quickpic for 2 years and never looked back!
  • I use google Photos for uploads and Sony Album for everything else. Sony's built in album app is pretty good and even comes with its own unlimited uploads feature if you want it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have a nexus 5. I disabled Google+ because I did not want to use it. I then found I couldn't use the photos so. I installed a gallery but quickly became feed up with the constant adverts and so was forced back onto Google+ just to use the photos app. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It is possible to extract the Gallery app from a device running Kitkat. I think that I used MyAppShare on my brother's Nexus 4.
  • I have a moto e running KitKat. I have never side loaded any apps. Can you advise me how to do this. I have now disabled both Google+ and the photos app and put QuickPic on as others recommend. Better than some of the other gallery apps that I have used, no adverts so far. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There three components to this:
    1. Extract the app from the source device. Use MyAppSharer, made by Jones Chi, select the option to send via email.
    2. Installing the app in the target device.
    Google how to sideload. Explaining it again is a waste of time and server space (sorry).
    3. Checking if the app is compatible with the target device.
    My first attempt was from a Moto E to a Nexus 5. It didn't work. Looks like Motorola added some dependency in their version of the gallery that a non-Motorola didn't have. Maybe if the target was a Moto X it would have worked. So finally I did from a Nexus 4 to a Nexus 5. Good luck.
  • Thanks, I will give it a go. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Neither. QuickPic FTW
  • If you are using a US carrier Galaxy S5 you use Gallery, because if you have Google+ and have not disabled it via Application Manager you get the "Unfortunately, contacts has stopped" error.
  • I just use the Gallery that came with my LG G3. I'm not a big photography person so I don't think I need to use anything more substantial than that. I just download the photos I want to keep to my computer.
  • Guys, I have a NExus, and i miss the simple feats on the Gallery app... any suggestions on what should i use ?
  • I use both. Photos def for backup. Gallery because its quick and easy; crop and rotate are only a few clicks away.
  • General backup if everything using Photos, but use Sony's Album app. Also backup to Onedrive as a redundancy just in case. Works ok for me. Any editing I use Pixlr Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ever since the Moto X 2014 got the material design update in their gallery I use that method for photos and videos. I really like the highlights reel. Nice little tool Motorola. As far as backup, Google+ is the way to go.
  • I also had the "contacts" bug, and finally tracked it down to Google+ and Hangouts/SMS integration.
    Since I'm not a fan of Google+ anymore, and won't be until everything that's been shoved in there is pulled out to stand on it's own merits, I decoupled SMS, then disabled Google+ and Hangouts.
    I never liked Photos, and stopped backing up photos to Google+ soon after it was baked in. I prefer Gallery. Posted from the redheaded stepchild of the Nexii
  • Is there any way to backup your gallery photos remotely if your phone is locked?!
  • I'm rather frustrated with the photo software on my Galaxy S4 right now. It appears, to me, that I am seeing different photos in the two apps, when I try to share a photo on a social media site often I find that the photo isn't in the one that talks to the social media site, and one of the two apps shows collections of photos that I took but nothing in the collection is viewable - even though just a while ago. In addition to all of that, my laptop syncs photos to picasa - and that doesn't seem to be where either of these apps are going.
    So now I have 2, 3, or maybe even 4 copies of many photos, but unique ones in each place as well. The google photos app is NOT removing all duplicates, as was advertised last spring. So my available storage continues to shrink. Very frustrating.
  • Have you tried Quick Gallery? It's fast with tabbed browsing and a built-in image editor, check it out:
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • PhotoMap is by far the best photo gallery app I know. I use it almost every day and the features are great. No other app has an integrated augmented reality view, diary, gps tracker... and it supports photo captions, streams my videos from Dropbox, supports network drives etc. The focus of the app is on geo photos but you can of course use it for "normal" pics as well. The other apps here do net even come close to the features of PhotoMap. This app should be mentioned here too.
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...