09 July 2020
Google Photos is once again undergoing a major change with a focus on saved photos, videos, and helping users relive their memories. The smartphone app of the service has received a major design overhaul along with a new logo. The update also brings the much-awaited maps view functionality.
Starting with the redesign, Google Photos app now has a cleaner and more minimalistic approach than before. There are three major tabs named Photos, Search, and Library. The first tab is all about your photos and videos that will now have a larger thumbnail. It will offer auto-play videos by default and even the Memories carousel at the top has been made bigger. The latter has been improved to show a more diverse set of photos.
The Search tab is meant to help find their desired photo or video faster and in an efficient manner. The core functionality remains unchanged but it now offers a new map view mode. This mode will represent all your location-tagged photos and videos on an interactive world map. This way, users will be able to tap on a particular location on the map to see all related photos and videos. It even supports pinch and zoom so that users can pinpoint a particular place within a city.
Lastly, the Library tab is simply a place to see different collections of photos and videos stored by you. These will include Albums, Favorites, Trash, and Archive among others. This will further show the Print Store section for users from the United States, Canada, or the European Union. These are the stores where users can get products with their photos printed on them.
The Google Photos logo has also undergone a change. It is still the pinwheel but the new icon is said to be more refreshed and simplified. You can check out both the logos below. While the new app logo has started to appear for users, the actual app changes will arrive on Android and iOS devices over the next week.