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thumbnail Hands-on with GalleryNext, CyanogenMod's eye-catching Gallery app replacement
Jan 14th 2014, 17:22, by Ian Paul

Custom ROM-maker CyanogenMod plans to take over the world with a more open version of Android, but to get there, the community project turned for-profit company is going to need some super-charged stock apps.

Android's open source-ish stock apps are starting to suck as Google focuses on developing proprietary replacements, as ArsTechnica pointed out last fall. Android's default Gallery app is one such victim of Google's lockdown, and slowly being replaced by the Google+-centric Photos app. To ensurethat open ROM users would still have a great stock photo app, CyanogenMod recently rolled out an image-handling app of its own, GalleryNext beta.

To give the app a test run you have to join CyanogenMod's GalleryNext community on Google+ and then download the beta version of the app from Google Play, as spelled out in this G+ post.

After spending some quick hands-on time with CyanogenMod's GalleryNext, it's clear that the new app is a little buggy—hey, it's a beta—but nevertheless offers a very attractive replacement for the Gallery app.

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