Google Photos Update Brings Several Useful Design Tweaks

Google Photos for Android has an update rolling out in the Google Play Store right now that brings with it a lot of small but important design tweaks to improve the overall user experience.  The update you are looking for is build 1.19 for those keeping score at home and when you get it, you will notice the biggest change immediately.  Gone is the blue Search button at the bottom of the screen while a search bar, much like that in Google Play Music, is at the top of the page.

Tapping into that search bar allows you to search for people, places or things as you can do now in Google Photos.  The overflow menu on the right of the search bar now is where you can find

New Albums View in Google Photos
Google Photos for Android

things like creating a new album or collage.  Again, these aren’t major changes but it makes this app fit better in the overall user experience design philosophy that Google has for their apps.

Don’t look for a lot of new features in this update.  This is mostly a fix and tweaking release to bring these new UI changes as well as some under-the-hood fixes.

The update to Google Photos is rolling out in the Google Play Store now and for those who have it installed, you should see the OTA update over the course of the next few days.  As a reminder, if you need support on the app, be sure to check out the Google Product Forums.  I am a Top Contributor there and I along with others are happy to help on the app.