A Picture Gallery for your Android Smartphone
by Alan German
I have been
struggling for some time with various digital image
management systems on my Android smartphone. The default
app bundled with the phone didnt want to let me
flip through the available images, seemingly preferring
to open one at once, which was completely unacceptable. A
second package that I downloaded wouldnt let me tag
multiple images for deletion. Again, another
show-stopper. Other apps came, and rapidly went, with
similar deficiencies. Finally, I checked the fount of all
freeware knowledge gizmos freeware and identified QuickPic
Gallery as the editors choice for an Android image
Finally, I have an app that functions intelligently. Load
the app and it displays thumbnails of folders containing
images, with the most recent set of photos shown first.
(Of course, it also shows the link to 2GB of free CM
Cloud disk storage on the developers web server
but, after all, this is freeware!)
Click on any folder and the screen displays thumbnails of
the images in that folder. Click on an image to load it
full-screen, then swipe left and right to view the other
images in the folder. Tap the full-screen image and you
can use the back arrow (top-left) to return to the
folder, or select one of the on-screen control buttons
(top-right) to conduct a number of tasks (see Screenshot
Image option controls
Selecting multiple images
The share button lets you upload the file to
the cloud (remember that free storage?), transfer it over
a Wi-Fi connection or Bluetooth, save it to disk with the
default file manager, plus a number of other tasks. The
delete button is more succinct. A delete
option is displayed. Select this to delete the image, or
tap the image once more to cancel.
The more button lets you run a slideshow,
display details (properties) of the image, and includes
other options such as the ability to edit, copy, move,
and rename the file. There are also plus and minus
buttons in the lower-right corner that allow you to zoom
in and out of the image.
Back in the thumbnails folder view, touching and
holding a single image causes this image to be
selected. A blue and white check mark is displayed in the
top-right corner of the thumbnail (see Screenshot No. 2).
Touching further images selects these also.
Touching and holding an image remote from the first
selection cause all the intermediate images to be
selected. Should any image have been selected in error,
simply touching that image causes it to be deselected.
The app also features a smart options menu.
Once any image has been selected, the more
option includes Select all and, when all
images are selected, this option becomes Deselect
all. Clearly there is considerable flexibility in
selecting a set of images for further processing.
As might be expected, with multiple images selected, the
delete icon offers the possibility to delete all of the
selected images at once. Similarly, the copy and move
options now function on all of the images that have been
QuickPic offers a simple and intuitive means of viewing
and deleting digital image files on an Android
smartphone. But, for those needing more power and
flexibility in image management, the app offers many
If your image viewer/manager isnt really up to the
job, I would encourage you to give QuickPic Gallery a
try. After all, its free, so install it, try it,
keep it or delete it, depending on how it meets your
specific needs and expectations.
QuickPic Gallery (Free Android App)
Originally published: November, 2016
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