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.