This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

I bought the Sony Mobile Communications 5G phone Xperia 1 II, and I've been using the standout features of Photography Pro and 20 frames per second high-speed shooting with satisfaction so far. However, when I was taking photos and videos, I found that I couldn't use Sony's Album App.

The Xperia 1, which I have been using so far, comes with the standard Album app that allows you to view the photos and videos you've taken, but the Xperia 1 II, Xperia 8 and Xperia 10 II, which are currently on sale, do not have the Album app available.

Xperia Album app

According to the company's spokesperson, phones that do not support the Album app can't even be downloaded via Google Play after purchase. Furthermore, the company spokesperson says, 'You can download and use other photo viewing and editing applications, but we do not guarantee that they will work."

There is also an option to download the album app 'APK' (Android application package) which is available on the net, but that is not the method recommended by the manufacturer and us.

There have been some confusion on social media about the inability to use the Album app on some Xperia models.

Photos can be viewed on devices that do not support the Album app

Non-album app-compatible phones come with Google Photos pre-installed, so viewing, editing, and sharing photos and videos to social networking sites and email can be covered by this app.

Other things that both apps have in common, in addition to the above, are that the thumbnails appear as tiles, you can pinch in or pinch out to zoom in and out of photos and videos, and the date the photo was taken is listed above the photo.

Google Photos (left) and Sony's Album app (right)

The main difference between the two apps is that Google Photos allows you to share photos directly with users who have a Google account or who are registered in your contacts. If your contacts don't have a Google account, you can send them a link or use a different app to share them.

On the other hand, the Album app has several other items in addition to the header slideshow, such as the ability to choose the size of the image when sharing the screen with a cast device such as a Chromecast, so it's important to be able to change the settings in detail to suit your own preferences.

The Album app has a variety of settings.

By the way, Google Photos on the Xperia 1 II was able to display videos taken with Cinema Pro and photos taken with Photography Pro.

Why don't some Xperia's support the album app?

As for why the company decided not to include the album app on some Xperia's, a spokesperson for the company explained, 'We are constantly reviewing the apps we offer based on usage and market needs, and the non-inclusion of the album app is part of that."

Personally, I would have liked to see both apps available for users as needed. For users who are already used to using Google Photos, the disappearance of the Albums app will be a no-brainer in itself. We recommend that longtime Xperia users pay attention to these minor changes when they switch to the new device.

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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.