Chip Toolbar coming to Google Photos


Google Photos looks to be developing a new chip toolbar UI to aid in the use of Lens and other image editing tools with text-based photos.

The chip toolbar or chip group shows most often while viewing pictures like screenshots or those with highly visible text, and is mostly helpful for rapidly accessing regularly used features.

When accessing Google Photos, the new chip toolbar looks to have spread significantly and should now be available to most Android users. Although the choices have not been enlarged, when viewing screenshots containing text, you may see a “Search inside screenshot” option.


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If you open an image with a big amount of text, you’ll receive a floating toolbar with Google Lens, “Copy text,” “Listen,” “Crop,” and “Markup” chips, so you don’t have to go into another additional menu within the Photos app for Android. People are more likely to notice this with screenshots, but even photos with text will display a “Copy text” chip:

This chip toolbar is most likely part of a larger A/B test for the Photos UI, given how frequently Google modifies and tunes app and service interfaces. It makes sense to provide contextual tools for photos with a lot of text, such as screenshots. There’s also the possibility of learning something new for individuals who aren’t familiar with the extra editing tools.

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