Google Photos get the update and with a new logo. Redesign Google Photos comes with convenient new ways to drive your endless photo collection.
Facebook has expanded the availability of its data transfer tool for users in the US and Canada, after launching it last year in a limited capacity as part of its open-source Data Transfer Project. It allows users to quickly move media such as videos and pictures to Google Photos.
Google Photos is a photo-sharing and storage service developed by Google. It was announced in May 2015 and separated from Google+, the company’s former social network. In May 2017, Google announced several updates to Google Photos, including reminders for and suggested sharing of photos, shared photo libraries between two users, and physical albums, with Photos automatically suggesting collections based on face, location, trip, or other distinction.
In September 2019, Google Photos was to introduce a Social media feature called “Memories” which is similar to Stories in Instagram and Facebook. Instead of capturing the current moment, Memories will highlight past photos to give their users a nostalgic feeling.
Google started rolling out an updated version of Google Photos that has brought the search function to the forefront and added a few more handy features that make it even more worthwhile. The update is rolling out to users on Android and iOS this week. Once it arrives, you’ll see a simplified, three-tab layout with search in the center.
Click on the search tab, and you get the familiar text bar, as well as a selection of people and pets you may want to find quickly. There’s also now an interactive map that allows you to see pictures and videos taken in specific places. The images will need to have location data attached to them, of course, but if they made with your phone, they likely do. Alternatively, the map may serve as a reminder of just how much location data you give up with your photos and inspire you to go turn it off.
The app logo has been flattened, with each of the four shapes now rounded instead of pointed. Logo design inspiration can come from many places, and in a blog post introducing the redesign, Google says the pinwheel (those lovely windmill beach toys) design is a nod to childhood and nostalgia. But some aren’t sold on the simplified new look.
Google claims to have retained “that familiar pinwheel shape to remind you of memories,” but we’re not sure the pinwheel itself is particularly recognizable in this simplified form. The removal of both the two-tone shading and overlapping pointed shapes has led to the loss of a certain tactile quality, making the semicircles look like four separate abstract shapes.
As one designer suggests, perhaps the logo’s colors could have been simplified without losing the familiar overall shape.
The details of the Google Photos plans haven’t changed notwithstanding the redesign.
You can still upload unlimited photos for free, but larger images will downscale to 16-megapixels. High-res videos now reduce to 1080p in the free tier. If you’re ready to pay for storage, you can keep sensitive files organized in the Google Photos interface, but they will count against your storehouse.