There have been rumors about Google separating the photo component from its Google Plus app and establishing it as a stand-alone service for some time. Now the guys from Android Police have come across leaked information and screenshots that shed some light on Google's plans. Presumably we'll know even more after Google's annual I/O event that takes place tomorrow and Friday.

It appears the Auto Awesome feature that automatically enhances images and creates animations will be replaced by a more comprehensive Photo Assistant that uses your uploaded images to create movies, collages, stories and albums. It also assists in organizing your pictures and optimizing storage, providing more control over which images are used in highlight-movies, albums or collages than in Auto Awesome, which is largely automatic. 

Other new features include the ability to use pinch gestures for increasing or decreasing the number of images displayed at once, holding and swiping to mark multiple images and swiping sideways to swap categories. The app also organizes images automatically by location, date, people and other criteria. Additionally, you'll be able to share several images privately. For this purpose the app creates a link to a private online album that can be shared in the usual ways. The new app will also include some new image editing functions and general UI improvements. 

Source: Android Police