Google Photos Launches Redesign with Interactive Map View and More

Google photos redesign

Google has announced it has redesigned Google Photos and added more features. The company says since its launch in 2015, over one billion people now use the app monthly.

The Google Photos redesign now includes a new icon, while the app gains a new three-tab structure for Photos, Search and Library.

The Photos tab brings bigger thumbnails and auto-playing videos and less white space between your photos, while Search becomes front and centre and now includes an interactive map view. The Library tab shows all your photos along with Albums, Favorites, Trash, Archive and more, while Canadians can also order items from the Print Store.

Google photos map view

The new map view allows you to pinch and zoom around the world and see where your photos were taken, based on location history if you enabled it from your device camera.

For the Memories feature, Google says over 120 million people are viewing them every month and today gains more types available. With automatic creations such as movies, collages and animations, they are now in Memories as the ‘For you’ tab has been eliminated. Users can also hide specific people or time periods from Memories as well.

As for the new icon? “We 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,” explains David Lieb, Product Director, Google Photos.

The new Google Photos is rolling out over the next week. An update today in the App Store shows the refreshed icon, but we’re not seeing the redesign just yet. Google Photos is one of the best products from the company, and when linked to a Google Nest Hub, makes the latter into a powerful digital picture frame.

Click here to download Google Photos for iOS in the App Store.