Back in June, Google redesigned the photos with simple navigation and long-awaited map view. Rimamp was the most published on the phone, but there were also some tweets on the website. Google Photos is now optimized for Android tablets with an interface that takes better advantage of the big screen.
Previously, the Tablet UI was just a phone with a bottom bar that centered the entire three tabs and even spread the entire display width. A few changes were made to use the additional real estate.
The top bar starts a new customized interface by adding a search field, although its position depends on how wide your screen is. It’s small to medium sized right next to your profile image and cast icon, while larger devices (Chromeboxes) complete it with a hint / prompt and even an “upload” button that will open the file application. This reflects an additional level of optimization for Chrome OS.
An always-present search bar somewhat complies with the second section of the application, which contains fields on the phone. As such, the tablet version of Google Photos names it from “Search” to “Explorer.” Inside, the carols of people, space and things remain unchanged.
Turning to the app, the bottom bar has been replaced by a navigation rail on the left end. After the original “Photos” tab and the aforementioned “Explore”, “Sharing” will appear and is no longer present in the upper left corner. There is a partition in the rail, the next part is the “library”.
A big change is seeing quick access to on-device, utilities, archives and trash and not showing the new sidebar as a full screen page of each opening.
This tablet-optimized version of Google Photos for Android is still rolling out to 5.25 (via Reddit) and is not widely available. Meanwhile, the iOS app may still be updated.
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