Hinted at in previous teardowns, screenshot editing tools in the Google app are beginning to go live for some users. Once enabled, screenshots can be usefully cropped and drawn on before being shared.

Opening the latest Google beta (version 6.16), one user noticed that the app asked for new device storage permissions “to improve the way we handle screenshots you take.” Interestingly, this feature — in its current implementation — does not appear to be related to Assistant’s native screenshot capability.

Rather, taking a screenshot when in the Google app automatically opens the standard share sheet. However, it now includes options to crop and draw. Taping the former brings up a regular crop tool with a “Done” toast at the bottom of the screen. Meanwhile, the Draw feature has a basic palette of six colors to doodle anywhere on the image and an undo button.

Once finished editing, the Google app will resurface the sheet to finish up and share the screenshot.

These two features are especially handy, but hopefully is integrated with Assistant before seeing a wider rollout. At the moment, none of my devices have yet to see this A/B test. You can enroll in the latest beta of the Google app via the Play Store.

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