Google launches Photos redesign with new tabs, a map view, and a new icon

Google Photos is celebrating its five-year anniversary this year, and today, the Mountain View giant announced that the app is getting a brand-new look, at least on mobile devices. That starts with a new icon, which you can see above, with a much rounder design than before.

Of course, there's more to it. The new app has a new design with three tabs at the bottom of the screen. These are Photos, Search, and Library. Photos displays all of your photos and videos, and with this redesign, thumbnails are larger, there are auto-playing videos, and there's less white space between each item.

Additionally, there's a new carousel at the top, and that's for Memories. This feature, which lets you revisit memories from past years, and it now features new types of memories, such as "the best pics of you and your friends and family" trips, and highlights from the past week. Plus, the "For you" tab, which features Google's automatic creations - such as movies, collages, and more - has been moved into Memories, too. You'll be able to hide specific people and time periods from Memories if you don't want to see revisit them, though.

The Search tab is meant to make it easier to find the right photos and videos you're looking for. it lets you search for people, places, and things, but more notably, there's a new map view. Google says this is one of the most requested features for Google Photos, and it lets users view an interactive map where they can find their photos attached to their respective locations, assuming they have location data associated with them.

Finally, the Library tab features your folders, albums, and trash, so you can manage your photo library more easily. Additionally, the Print Store is available in this tab for users in the U.S., EU, and Canada, so they can get printed products that feature their own photos.

The new Google Photos redesign is rolling out over the next week.

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