Several new features have been found in the Google Home, Google Photos, Google One, and Google News apps

Several new features have been found in the Google Home, Google Photos, Google One, and Google News apps

Google is constantly adjusting and updating its wide assortment of apps. Every week it seems like people are finding small little tweaks here and there. One person who is always digging to find unreleased features is Jane Manchun Wong. She recently shared a handful of discoveries from the Google Home, Google Photos, Google One, and Google News apps.

Google Home

Google Home is testing redesigned controls for casting media and a Nest product setup interface. The Cast UI features a large card of the app, in this case Spotify, with media controls and album art. Wong says the UI looks the same for other media apps as well.

There is a new option in the “Add and manage” settings for “Set up a Nest product.” This allows the user to scan a QR code from the product and easily add it to your home. There also appears to be an option to add without using the QR code.

Google Photos

Next, Google Photos is testing new album sorting options. Currently, albums in the albums tab are automatically organized by the most recent photo. This change will allow users to also organize the list of albums by Last modified and Album title.

Google Photos is also working on a photo editing tool called “Warp.” This tool will allow for the adjusting of the perspective of a photo. Warp shows up along other extensions such as Markup and Snapseed, though it doesn’t appear to be production-ready.

Google One

Hey look, another Google app with Dark Mode. Google is testing Dark Mode for Google One along with support for multilingual settings. The Dark Mode looks like every other dark theme we’ve seen from Google.

Google News

Lastly, Google News is testing a couple of features. The “Preferred language & region” settings have been replaced by “Languages & regions of interest.” Users can choose up to two languages/regions right now.

Google News is also testing a new Videos tab. The tab appears between Headlines and Favorites.


As with all unreleased features, there’s no guarantee that any of these things will make it to a public release. Several of them seem like pretty safe bets, however, like the Google One Dark Mode, Google Home Nest product setup, Google Photos album sorting, and the News Videos tab. We’ll keep an eye on these apps.

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