Your phone comes equipped with a gallery app to view your pictures, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with it. The Play Store is filled with either visually better alternatives or ones with more features. Let’s check out some of our favorites.
Used by many, and with good reason, QuickPic is lightweight and has a sleek interface full of animations that makes finding and viewing your pics easy and fast. The app supports synchronization with all the major online photo services, and offers a “Moments” feature which lets you see quick slideshows of photos taken within a close time frame and in the same place. All your GIFs, videos and photos are shown with crystal clear quality, and the app has a built-in editing option in case you didn’t want to use your stock editing tools. Recently updated with Material Design elements and full optimization of larger screens and tablets, QuickPic is an easy candidate for your gallery replacement.
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Piktures offers a smooth and beautiful design that focuses on navigating with gestures. Swipe right to see all your albums, and swipe left to filter what photos you see. Piktures offers a few unique features, including the ability to resize an image to save data when sharing, and a nice calender view to see a timeline of the creation of every photo. Like QuickPic, displaying pictures at maximum quality is a priority here, and it does so beautifully where you can quickly see your photos in fullscreen and without borders with a double-tap.
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Cyanogen recently made their gallery app available to everyone, and it deserves a spot as a gallery replacement contender. The default page of their app categorizes your photos into into the time they were taken or created. So if you take a lot of pictures, your screen will show “Today” pictures at the top, followed by “This week” underneath that and so on. Design-wise, this gallery app uses an asymmetric grid look, kind of like Google+ posts or Windows Phone 8. The app still feels a bit under cooked, as there aren’t as many features as most other popular gallery apps, and the lack of a setting screen proves limited customization. It does get the job done and photos are presented to you with high quality and ease.
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MyRoll is another gallery built upon Material Design principals. While it’s clear that more animations are coming (same case with just about every app), there are a few aspects about this gallery that make it pleasing to the eye, especially it’s simplicity. MyRoll offers a moments feature as well that puts photos into groups based on when and where they were taken, and allows you to play them in a sleek slideshow, and even share them on popular social media sites. MyRoll is simple and gets the job done, and is even fully compatible with Android Wear, giving you the ability to view, resize and delete photos from your wrist.
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A+ Gallery Photos & Videos offers a different interface than most other galleries, and is actually pretty fun to use. When you’re in the Photos tab and it’s labeled “Collections” above, you can zoom in and out of time periods by tapping. The picture above is in the 2015 zone, but you can zoom out of that to see 2015, 2014, 2013 and however far you go back with your phone. The sync tab allows you to sync photos with only Facebook, which is a downside for those who prefer Google+ or other sites. Albums allows you to easily and conveniently see your albums, and I’m a fan of how clean it is. There are a few nice animations not found in other gallery apps, including a slight bouncing effect when tapping to view photos. However, the downside of this app is the quality of viewing photos is noticeably worse than other gallery apps that I’ve used.