Update, June 7, 2022 10:45 a.m. EST: C2 Productions on Twitter was able to preview what the “Edit in Photos” button will look like with this change. He was able to make it appear in Canary while watching a video. It didn’t work with images for him.
Original Post, Jun 7, 2022 9:56AM EST: As first reported by 9to5Google, the ChromeOS Gallery app appears to be getting an improvement that will make image editing much easier. Currently, the Gallery app – known internally as the “Media App” – offers very basic cropping and markup tools and controls for adjusting exposure, contrast and saturation. This means that if you want to make advanced edits, such as applying filters, you need to upload the image to Google Photos or your favorite image editor.
It seems that Google wants to get rid of this intermediate step and, according to some commits, wants to directly tie gallery app and android version of google photos together. Unfortunately, as the commits appeared last week and the flags are not yet live in Canary, we don’t have any details or visuals on this integration. However, the commits describe the functionality as follows:
Media app: Add Chrome flags that refer to media app feature flags
Create flags for Photos integration flags.
Chrome Gerrit Commit
Media app: Create a Mojo API to launch the current file in Photos
Take the URL of the currently loaded file in Media App, convert it to a valid gurL setting its origin as the Media App URL, and use it to create a change intent to pass to Photos.
Chrome Gerrit Commit
Flags to watch out for will be #media-app-photos-integration-image and #media-app-photos-integration-videowhich in the commit are described as “In the ChromeOS media app, reveal the button to edit the current image (or video) in Photos. » Granted, this won’t be much different from the current method of manually uploading or sharing the image to Google Photos. However, it will provide an easier and more visible way for ChromeOS users to know that this is a feature they can take advantage of.
This isn’t the first time Google has added expanded functionality to the Gallery app. Earlier this year, the Gallery received a vibrant new icon and UI refresh calling out its use cases. Additionally there is a flag available right now to make the Gallery app the default PDF manager instead of Chrome PDF Viewer, which provides better markup tools. IIt’s great to see basic ChromeOS system apps getting more functionality and Google doing more to promote their use. I’m very curious how this new feature will be implemented and will keep an eye out for when it goes live. Stay tuned to this space for any new developments on this.