Looks cool does it have editing features and such like snapseed? EDIT: I can't even get it to launch on latest Chrome dev it says "There were warnings when trying to install this extension: 'mediaGalleriesPrivate' is not allowed for specified extension ID."
+Mark Dodsworth as far as I am aware native client has been ported to ARM as well, at least it has been promised, so hopefully they should work in any chrome devices, hardware limitations may be the only concern for performance.
+Mark Dodsworth I believe these native apps will hit the Pixel first and then feed into the other Chrome devices a short time later. In general, ChromeOS shouldn't suffer fragmentation issues for applications like you see in Android. After all, each device eventually gets upgraded to the latest and greatest Chrome. Only so long as the hardware can cope with what's being asked of it, then we should be cool. The main difficulties will be in CPU architecture. See the Netflix example on Arm.
I can't even get it to run :( I did however find an interesting flag --enable-google-now-integration however all it does is crash Chrome but Windows reports that Chrome requested my location so it must have done something.
It says oAuth request failed I wonder if it needs API keys and that's why it's failing because the keys don't link up with the signature that's how Android apps work at least it keeps people from randomly using Google's APIs without permission.
+Matthew Garbett nothing, just restart chrome, and check again flag, and also check again in extensions is there any other problem with it. Soon i will upload some of pics from this app so you can all see it
It's best just to follow +François Beaufort because you get all the news before the news does LOL. Well I'm glad it's downloading not uploading because I don't need duplicated on picasa lol it's simply to delete duplicated on my pc.
+Matthew Garbett not for me, it uploads only if you add them manualy from button no top. As you can see in mine screenshots, my transfer monitor shows only high activity on downloading, because it's probably caching images locally for faster viewing
Does this unify or further fragment Google's photo experience? We have auto upload from the g+ app, picassa, and now this? Not to mention snapspeed on mobile which is Google owned, picassa editor, g+ editor, picnik, the photo gallery editor on mobile.....
I'm hoping that all of these things point to Google unifying the experience across all their applications. Having Picasa, Google+ and other options is pretty confusing. I would love one photo application that plugs into everything else. This is what the G+Photo sounds like it will be.
Thinking about Google+ I can see now that it really is what it says, it is Google plus ___ (fill in the blank). Eventually, all things will port through G+ and be unified under that banner (I hope).
My mother asked me the other day how come there is videochat in Google Talk and Google+. She wondered why there isn't just one. That's the sort of unification they need to keep working toward.
Argh. I wish Google would consolidate photo management completely. G+ Photos, store them in Drive, use Picasa or Picasa Web? They each do things the others don't. My photos are becoming scattered and unorganized, and I don't like that!
+François Beaufort forgive me if the following is a stupid question. How are you getting this information? Do you work for Google? Because seriously dude, you're providing all of us a great service by releasing all of this information.
You're finding awesome things on a daily basis. I naturally hunt for this same kind of information but you seem to be a lot better at following the signals than I thought possible. So, thanks for your efforts and keep it up!
The real question is how this app handles offline media. ChromeOS needs a story for sorting and editing photos before they end up in the cloud. Folks who shoot RAW photos (exactly the types of users who drop $1,300 on a HiDPI laptop) can't wait to upload everything to the cloud before they can do their work. (You can easily fill up a 16 or 32 GB card on one day of shooting RAW photos. Even on Google Fiber, that's a hell of an upload.)
If Google isn't building an offline workflow for photos and videos on ChromeOS, it's either a sign that ChromeOS isn't yet mature enough to handle real offline work, or a sign that Google's strategy tax is preventing ChromeOS from becoming a legitimate alternative to legacy operating systems.
I wonder if Google+ Photos and Google Drive will ever merge? A special system level folder could be created in Drive for all photo albums in Google+ Photos. Of course, this update has nothing to do with anything like this. But one can always hope...
+Nate Cress Creative Kit is Flash-based and painfully slow. It never took off as a marketable feature. The Picnik team did some good work, but clearly it wasn't the future of photo editing at Google, or it wouldn't have bothered buying Nik.
I'd be surprised if we don't see different tiers of Snapseed show up on Chrome in the very near future.
+Nate Cress , I really hope it goes this way. It is the logical step. Drive becomes your locker for all things that are accessed from other google services. Photos are essentially just files and it makes sense for a redirect from G+ to drive for your photos.
+Aaron Weiss Full agree, ChromeOS will have no chance for ambitious photographers, when there is no offline possibility for post-processing RAW-formats for all cameras and converting into JPEG. Well-known famous apps like Photoshop, Lightroom and Nikon's ViewNX and captureNX should be running on Chromebooks. A workaround should be temporary to boot Windows 8 or MacOS from an USB-stick for working with this applications on a Chromebook.
+Manfred Laun (As an aside, the Pixel would theoretically make a perfect host for a virtualized OS. Something along the lines of Parallels Desktop would let you run full-on Lightroom or Premiere with less overhead than on a Mac. The 32 GB of on-board storage on the Pixel is obviously a non-starter for this scenario, but you could imagine a hybrid 1 TB drive filling the gap. It's not a long-term solution, but as a transitional feature for creatives or enterprise customers who need legacy app support, it would make tons of sense.)
+Aaron Weiss A really good suggestion for future, extending the on-board-storage of 32 GB on the Pixel with much more capacity by a hybrid drive. Such solutions should be offered getting a better acceptance for a an expensive 'multimedia' Chromebook.
+Brian G. Fay agreed! Think about the fragmentation and overlap out there. G+ photos and Picasa. gChat, Google+messenger and google voice.
The leaked chat icon that recently came out seems to point strongly to gvoice text, gChat and G+ messenger at least living together in an app.
I have to believe google is about to stomp on the accelerator and start to bring these things into one unified G+ world. As you said . . . Google+pictures; Google+Messages (email, chat, text) and what not
As Internet bandwith will increase, I would love to see some RAW post processing in the cloud, before uploading to an album. So dear +Google , please acquire Adobe and create an awesome cloud edition of a combined Photoshop/Lightroom/Nik app inside G+
+François Beaufort have you not encountered any piece of evidence that shows a native packaged GMAIL app? I mean it has to be there eventually ;-) update is due this spring, or I should say April 1st? ;-)
+François Beaufort - do we know when we can expect to see this made real on desktops, etc? I would love for this to scan folders in my Google Drive and not require me to rely on Picasa on a had drive (or having those photos stored locally in order to sync / upload them). Same goes for Google Music, of course ;-)