It seems Google is slowly (but steadily) updating all its web services and apps with new visual enhancements. The latest to get the new design treatment is Google Photos, the company s photo management app. Google has begun rolling out version 4.0 of Google Photos, which introduces the new Material Theme that was briefly demoed at I/O 2018.
The update brings refreshed icons with bold outlines in the app s bottom bar. The search bar at the top of the app has also been updated, and now comes with slightly rounded corners. The outlined icons are mostly dark grey (with a predominantly white background), but selected items are highlighted in a bright blue color. Under the Albums tab, the combined album thumbnails now have rounded corners.
When viewing photos full-screen, there s a new swipe up gesture that lets users quickly see additional information (EXIF data et al) about an image. There haven t been any changes to the navigation mechanism, which is still handled by sliding the drawer from the left into the view. It s where all the regular options like settings, device folders, and trash are.
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The new version of Google Photos is currently rolling out via Google Play Store. However, as is the case with all phased rollouts, it may take a while for all users to get the update.
Google Photos new design comes just a day after the company updated its Chrome browser with a new design, across all platforms. The update marks the tenth anniversary of Chrome, which is now the most-popular browser around the world.