OneDrive snaps up new photo features on Android

OneDrive on Android
OneDrive on Android (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft is rolling out another update to the OneDrive app for Android with a handful of new features in tow. Ticking the app up to version 5.4, the latest update brings a few new features for handling photos, including new filters and editing tools for the Scan feature (via Windows Blog Italia).

If you already have a sizeable collection of photos stored in OneDrive, you'll now be able to more quickly navigate them with a new "fast scroller" available in Photo view. OneDrive will also now allow you to capture photos and save them directly to OneDrive,, freeing up space on your phone. That's in addition to an enhanced scan feature, which now sports new filters and more.

Here's the official look at what's new in OneDrive version 5.4:

  • Crop, rotate, and choose from new filters to digitize your physical world with our enhanced Scan feature
  • Quickly navigate and find photos from a long time ago in a place far far away with our new fast scroller in the Photo view
  • Save space on your phone by capturing photos and saving them directly to OneDrive within the app

Version 5.4 began rolling out on February 27, so your phone may have already snagged it. If not, however, you can grab the update now from Google Play.

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  • Nice. I guess this is Microsoft's answer for having a dedicated Photo app. I don't Havana issue with using OneDrive, but it would be nice if they added the ability to include it as a tile in MS Launcher and/or allow you to pin the photo section directly to the home screen.
  • I like that suggestion.  A "widget" that mimics the photos app live tile as much as possible.  
  • I would also like it to have an option to delete from local HD after upload to cloud, or after 30 days, or something so I don't have to manually delete off of my phones hd
  • Google Photos will ask you to delete local copies when it sees you getting low on disk space. That would be a good feature for this to have.
  • It does have something similar. Go to the "me" tab, then select settings, and "clean up space on your device"
  • Just updated, I don't see any options for photo editing...
  • Why fast scrolling? It would be a lot more useful and much faster still to be able to click on the month and year from a list. As is the case with Photos in Windows 10.
  • They need to simply port the Photos app over to iOS and Android (and macOS, for that matter), because using raw Cloud Storage (folder management, ugh) for smartphone photos is ... an awful experience after you've used services like Google or Apple Photos, which liberate you from that hassle. I do share an Office Subscription with others in the house hold, but I literally only use it for Office Documents - the few I do create or edit.  Sometimes I will upload stuff to OneDrive to move it to my iMac from my Gaming PC, because I'm too lazy to go to iCloud and deal with the 2FA on that account.
  • "because I'm too lazy to go to iCloud and deal with the 2FA on that account." Missing the best part of most of these Cloud storage
  • My household of 5 have Office 365 home ~$99 per year, I normaly renew during xmas microsoft store sales and I get it for ~$70 per year. WHtals good about it is that it comes with 1TB cloud storage for each family member. So, we get 5GB cloud stoarge + Office 365 on 5 PC, 5 tablets and 5 phones for $99 per year (retail) or $70 per year Xmas time pricing. That's about 0.0020 per GB
  • I have the latest OneDrive app version on my Android device and see no option for editing photos.