Starting today, Google will begin rolling out a new update to its Google Photos app. The photo-keeping app is five years old and has gradually changed the way we keep and review memories over the years. Google says more people are using Google Photos to see memories, after all, a there’s a stories-like feed that shows you what your week looked like in past years.
Anyway, there’s a new design coming to the UI, including a brand-new icon. The icon is still the colorful pinwheel, but it’s more circle-y and totally flattened, which we’ve seen Google do with many of its redesigned stock app icons.
There are three main tabs now instead of four: Photos, Search, and Library.
The Photos tab will now have larger thumbnails, less space between photos, and you’ll see auto-playing videos as well. There’s also a larger “Memories” carousel – which will not show you more kinds of memories, such as memories with your closest friends and family, memories from trips, and last week’s highlights. You’ll also be able to hide memories from certain people or time periods.
In the search tab, you’ll find a new interactive map that’s helpful for finding memories. This was Google’s most requested feature since Google Photos’ launch. You can search for photos by pinching and zooming on a map or you can watch the map move as you scroll through your photos. Google reminds that you can always remove data location or disable Location History and Location permission from the camera.
Finally, The Library tab is will you’ll see Albums, Trash, Archive, and Favorites. This is also where you’ll see the Print Store (in the US, EU, and CA) where you can order prints of your photos.
The update is now rolling out on the Google Play Store on Android and Apple App Store on iOS. You can update the app right now and you’ll see the new app icon, but you may not see the new UI right away as the update is server-side as well.
They are mad they made great app completely useless. I am tottaly unhappy with the changes.
I want simply overblown designs like the old one. Stop doing the Material Designs already. Details are better than just blank shapes.
No, it's not. It's simple and elegant* (ignore my previous reply; can't remove it while it's pending). The old one is too complex with all those layers.