An update to the Android version of Google Photos was released yesterday that adds an important feature from the iOS version of the app: non-destructive editing. The updated Android app will now track and save any individual edits you make to a photo, letting you go back — at any point — to adjust those edits or undo them completely.
Before the update, Google Photos would save an entirely new version of a photo every time you made new edits and tapped save, making it easy to wind up with an app full of multiple versions of (nearly) the same photo. Worse, if you opened up one of those edited photos, you weren't able to go back and adjust any of the edits you made — any further changes just created another new, edited version of the photo. The update fixes both of these problems, helping cut down on clutter while allowing people more freedom with their edits.
Google Photos isn't meant to be a fully featured editing app like VSCO Cam, or Darkroom, or even Google's own Snapseed. But Google clearly knows that everyone likes to tinker with their photos now and then, so the update is a welcome one, and it's available now in the Play Store.
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