Google has announced the release of a redesigned Photos app for iOS and Android to bring it more in line with the modern realities of photography. Most notably, it includes a map view , you can easily browse all the photos you took on your last vacation, or remember which street corner had that sculpture you liked. This only applies if location tagging is available for your photos, and you can always edit or turn off locations.
In the revamp app, photos and videos have been given more prominence and search is front-and-center with a new three-tab structure with less commonly-used features stuffed into those categories:
● 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.
In addition to the redesigned tab structure, Google is introducing a new Maps View.
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.
Google’s automatically created movies, collages, animations, etc have been moved from the now gone ‘For You’ tab into Memories. The new app also brings more types of Memories, the ability to hide people or time periods, and the option to control types of Memories created.
Finally, the Google Photos icon has been refreshed and simplified.
You can download Google Photos from the App Store for free.