Messages picked up a navigation drawer redesign and Google Photos integration at the start of this month, but it has yet to become widely available even on the beta channel. Users that have it noticed today that image upload capability has disappeared. 

While we originally believed that the feature would be just for uploading videos to the cloud to send as a link, Google also extended the capability to still pictures

In recent days, the “Google Photos” menu in Messages removed the “Always send images by link in text (SMS/MMS)” option. You can no longer select images and send them via the cloud. 

It’s unclear if the removal is intentional or a bug. The former possibility is supported by how the Google Support page for this capability only references the ability to “send sharper videos.” That said, the company could have found low usage for this functionality in initial testing.

That said, there’s a need for this capability given how content sent over MMS is compressed, but it is something already addressed by switching to higher-resolution RCS. On the flip side, having a string of single-image albums in Google Photos can be quite annoying to manage.

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