Gallery Go is Google’s new app designed to let users with unreliable internet connections organize and edit their photos. Just like Google’s regular Photos app, this uses machine learning to organize photos.
Users can also use it to auto-enhance their photos and apply filters. The major difference is that Gallery Go is designed to work offline, and takes up just 10MB of space on your phone.
Gallery Go is the latest lightweight version of an app that is specially designed for developing markets like Nigeria, where Google announced the new app. Facebook has produced “Lite” versions of the main Facebook app, as well as Messenger and Instagram, and similar has been done by Twitter with the Twitter Lite app. Google has also done something very similar on the OS level with Android Go, a lightweight operating system based on Android that is designed to run on inexpensive smartphones that lack powerful processing.
According to reports, this app is aimed more at first-time smartphone owners that lack access to high-speed internet connections or potentially a desktop backup solution. Another major perk is that Gallery Go also works well with micro SD cards, for which support is more prevalent on lower-end devices. It is also ensured by the smaller size files that the most space available is allocated for images and not the app itself.
Gallery Go can also organize photos into groups based on what or who exactly is in the frame, though the facial recognition feature may not be available in few markets — like the European Union (EU), due to privacy regulations. However, categories such as “animals” or “nature” will be automatically shoehorned into galleries.
Currently, the app is available worldwide to all devices that run Android 8.1 Oreo or higher, which does feel like a little oversight for emerging markets. The app is also set to come pre-installed as the default gallery app on the Intel S15 and A55 smartphones in Nigeria starting next month.