Google has announcement that it updates the layout of the Google Photos app to make it easier to find specific photos in the library and sharing tabs.
A more sortable library tab
The company announced that to make it easier to find specific photos, it has updated the layout to show a grid or list that can be quickly filtered by type (albums, shared albums, favorites, folders on the device) and then sorted.
Google says the change may also help users organize photos and albums that aren’t also on Google Photos. Below the album grid, the company has added a new “Import Photos” section alongside the Locked Folder, Utilities, Archive, and Trash. This option will allow users to easily copy photos from other services, scan photos (or videos and movies) or move photos from a camera. Once the photos are in Google Photos, they can be easily sorted.
Google also encourages users to take these photos and share, edit, or turn them into photo books or prints.
A more organized sharing tab
Google Photos says that the same philosophy that went into the Library tab carries over to the Sharing tab. The company has created sections for Partner Sharing, Shared Albums, and Conversations. Google Photos says that with more defined sections, it will be easier to find, view and manage shared photos and videos.
These Share tab updates will begin rolling out to Android this week and “coming soon” to iOS.
Along with these updates, Google Photos is also adjusting the way it handles screenshots. For Pixel or Android users, screenshots will be saved to their own device folder so users can keep their galleries clean by not saving this folder. Google says this feature will keep screenshots separate from other memories.
Since screenshots are not saved and are not included in Memories, they may be more difficult to find. Google has thought of this and will add a shortcut that will appear at the top of the main photo grid that will take users directly there.
The company says another feature coming soon to Android is the ability to see a carousel of in-context suggestions for copying text, cropping, and searching using Google Lens when viewing a screenshot. which makes them more usable.