Google Photos is five years old this year. It appeared in 2015 as a result of separation from the social network Google+. We know what happened to Google+, but Google Photos during this time it has become one of the indispensable tools for many users to organize and store photos. Personally, I have been using Photos for a very long time and thanks to the automatic backup I forgot about the need to take photos to my computer. And in general, if you need to send only the taken picture to your laptop, it’s much faster to download it from the web version of Google Photos (after all, it’s already probably in the cloud) than to look for a cable and connect a smartphone.
In recent years, the Google Photos app has received a number of new features. For example, a Memories tape appeared that allows you to remember what happened on this day several years ago. Today, Google announced that the application will receive several more new updates.
First of all, I’ll note new logo. The turntable now has rounded corners.
The main screen is now divided into three tabs instead of four.
- Photos: The main tab remains the photo feed, which contains all your pictures and videos. Photo thumbnails are now slightly larger, and indentation has decreased between shots. At the very top is an enlarged Memories block.
- Search: Considering that the number of images is constantly growing, the engineers decided to place the search tab in the center so that users have quick access to it. You can search by people, places, and the most important things for you. Also on this tab you will find viewing photos on a map.
- Library: This tab contains the main categories of your library – albums, favorite places, archive, basket and others. Photo printing is also available here if you live in the location where this service is provided.
The “correspondence” button also appeared in the upper left corner so that you can share content with your friends.
View photos on a map (Map View)
One of the most anticipated features since the launch of Google Photos was to view photos on a map. And now users can see their travels around the world. For this feature to work properly, you must have Location History enabled in your Google Account settings.
Recycled Memories Tape
Memories was unveiled last fall. This is such an analogue of Stories from Instagram, but instead of images from the last day, it shows photos and videos that you took on this day in past years. Google notes that over 120 million users browse Memories every month.
Now in Memories there will be more interesting content. You can see your best shots, photos with friends and family over the past time, travels and even small reviews over the past week.
Memories will also showcase animations, collages, stylized photos, and mini-movies that Google Photos automatically creates. And given that not all memories are worth revising, users will have the opportunity to hide pictures with certain people or specific time periods.
Google Photos applications for Android and iOS will begin to receive updates from next week. The program will upgrade to version 5.0.
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