Liam Spradlin for Android Police:

We’ve been hearing for a very long time (…) that Photos would be splitting off from Google’s social/sign-in platform. We’ve heard vague rumblings, and even seen some baby steps toward this split, but now we have something a bit more substantial to go on – an exclusive early look at Google’s new Photos app, separate from Google+ and improved in a number of ways.

After months of rumours, Google’s online photo solution begins to takes shape. While the look of the app doesn’t stray far from the current Android Photos app, it’s what’s under the hood that matters here.

Rumoured features such as enhanced social sharing and the inclusion of Google’s Auto Awesome will likely make this a pretty great solution for users who, like myself, have their images backed up to Google’s servers.

No date announced for this update to reach users but with I/O right around the corner, you’d have to imagine it’ll be soon.