Google Photos is getting a new logo, simpler app design, and Map View

Google Photos is getting a new logo, simpler app design, and Map View

Update 1 (6/25/2020 @ 11:25 AM EST): Google officially announced the Photos redesign right after this post was published. Android screenshots can be found below the original article.

Google appears to be quietly rolling out a brand new logo and app redesign to Google Photos. The new logo and design are live now for the iOS app, and the app was previously nearly identical across platforms, so it should be coming to Android too. Below, you can see a before and after of the app listing in the Apple App Store.

The new logo is the first thing that jumps out. It’s like they flattened the old logo and rounded all the corners. The changelog for Google Photos 5.0 on iOS reads: “Introducing a new, simplified Google Photos to help you find and relive your memories. As part of this, we’ve refreshed the Photos icon to reflect the new, simplified product experience.”

The Android app likely won’t look exactly like the iOS screenshots above, but they were very similar before. The iOS app had the typical search bar across the top, which has now been replaced with the simple  “Google Photos” wordmark. There is now a shortcut to the built-in messenger in the top left corner, which suggests Google will be putting more emphasis on the feature. The “Memories” row is now larger as well.

Other than that, this seems like a fairly simple refresh. The app looks a little cleaner and more streamlined. People will probably be hesitant about the new logo, but I actually think it’s a nice refresh as well. It matches up with Google’s previous logo redesigns nicely. At the time of writing, the Android app and Play Store listing for Google Photos have not been updated yet.

Via: Justin Duino


Update 1: Official

Right as we published this article, Google pushed their blog post to officially announce the new logo and app redesign. We can now see what the Android app looks like. The top of the app looks the same as iOS with the stripped search bar and the shortcut to messaging, but the bottom now features only 3 tabs on Android: Photos, Search, and Library.

The Photos tab now features larger thumbnails, less white space between photos, and a much larger “Memories” row. The Memories row was previously small circles, but now it’s large rounded rectangles. Google is obviously trying to make this a feature that more people use.

The Search tab is self-explanatory, but there’s a feature here that has been highly requested: map view. You can now see an interactive map view of your photos and videos. Simply pinch and zoom around the map to explore your photos and videos from different locations. The map has a “heat map” to show where most of your media is from.

Lastly, the Library tab is where you’ll see Albums, Favorites, Trash, Archive, and more. This is also where you can order prints directly in the app. Google says this redesign will be rolling out over the next week. What do you think?

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