In celebration of its 5 years of existence, Google today announced that Google Photos has been “redesigned” to help users find and relive special moments.
“Five years ago, people had difficulty organizing videos and photos. There was not a single place to store all these images, the available storage was confusing and many people were lost when trying to find specific photos. Google Photos was created to solve all these problems, ”said the company.
A new and simpler Google Photos experience
In addition to making photos and videos even more prominent, the search is now even more in evidence, with a new three-tab structure:
- Photos: Main tab contains all photos and videos. Now with larger thumbnails, video clips and less space between images. At the top, it will be possible to see a large carousel called “Memories”.
- Search: Now it is possible to easily find the people, places and things you like best. There is also an interactive map that shows the location of the photos.
- Library: The “library” tab, on the other hand, gathers the most important places in the photo service: the Albums, the Favorites, the Recycle Bin, the Archive, etc. Users in the United States, the European Union and Canada can purchase products printed with their images.
In the upper left corner, you can find the shared content. Just tap the “conversation” button to view.
Search tab brings a visualization in the form of an interactive map, gathering your photos and videos.
According to Google, this look has been one of the most requested features by users since the launch of Google Photos.
Just zoom in or out with the tweezers to explore travel photos, see the most photographed places near your home, or find that image you recorded in the middle of the road while traveling by car.
For those who enabled the location on the device’s camera, the Location History or the location filled in by hand, it is possible to organize and search for photos by location in the application – and now these images will also appear on the map.
Users who wish to change this setting can control edits or disable Location History and permission to use location on the camera.
In the second half of 2019 Google Photos introduced the Memories feature, which takes you back to the cool memories of previous years.
This ended up becoming one of the users’ favorite tabs: each month, more than 120 million people click on their Memories.
Now, new types of Memories have been added, like the best photos of you with friends and family in different years, or the highlights of the last week.
The images created automatically by Fotos (movies, collages, animations, stylized photos and others) left the “For you” tab (which no longer exists) and went to “Memories”.
But Google knows who not all memories need (or deserve) to be revisited. So it will be possible to hide specific people or periods, as well as control the type of Memory that the user receives.
Icon with a new look
The first Google Photos icon was inspired by a pinwheel – a reference to missing the fun things from childhood. Starting today, this icon will have a new and simpler look, without losing the well-known shape of the vane that takes us back to a happy past.