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Google Photos gets UI redesign, Map view, new memories & a new icon with the latest update


Google has pushed a new major update for Google Photos, the default gallery app on Nokia smartphones. The latest update brings UI redesign, a Map view, new memories options & a new refreshed icon to Google Photos.

The update will be available for Android smartphones over the next week. Check the full detailed changelog for Google Photos below.


A new, simplified experience

In the redesigned Google Photos, we’re giving your photos and videos more prominence and bringing search front-and-center with a new three-tab structure:

  • Photos: As always, the main tab contains all your photos and videos, but now you’ll see larger thumbnails, auto-playing videos, and less white space between photos. At the very top, you’ll also notice a larger Memories carousel (more on that in a bit).
  • Search: As photo libraries have gotten bigger, search has become increasingly important. So we’re putting search front and center to give you quick access to the people, places, and things most important to you. You’ll also find a new interactive map view; more on that in a bit too.
  • Library: The library tab contains the most important destinations in your photo library, like Albums, Favorites, Trash, Archive and more. And if you’re in the U.S., EU or Canada, you’ll also see our Print Store, where you can purchase printed products featuring your own photos.

And you can always access your shared content by tapping on the “conversation” button in the upper left corner.

A map view (finally!) 

As part of the new search tab, you’ll see an interactive map view of your photos and videos, which has been one of our most-requested features since we launched Google Photos. You can pinch and zoom around the globe to explore photos of your travels, see where you’ve taken the most photos around your hometown, or find that one photo from somewhere on your road trip across the country. If you enable location from your device camera, Location History, or manually add locations, those photos have always been organized and searchable by place in Google Photos. Rolling out today, they’ll also show up on the map view. If you want to make changes, you have the control to make edits or turn off Location History and camera location permission.

Relive the moments that matter with Memories

Last fall, we introduced Memories to help you revisit your most important memories from years past. It’s become one of our most beloved features, with more than 120 million people viewing Memories every month.  Today, we’re adding more types of Memories, like the best pics of you and your closest friends and family over the years, trips, and even just the highlights from last week.

We’ve also moved our automatic creations–like movies, collages, animations, stylized photos and more–from the “For you” tab (which is now gone) and into Memories. And we know that not all memories are worth revisiting, so you’ll be able to hide specific people or time periods, and you have the option to control what types of Memories you receive.

Our icon gets a refreshWe originally designed the Google Photos icon after a pinwheel, as a nod to childhood and nostalgia. Today, we’re refreshing and simplifying the icon, while retaining that familiar pinwheel shape to remind you of past memories.

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