In addition to revamped icons and Google Sans font that are part of the latest Material Theme, the new version will provide more white space throughout the interface.
It also includes an option where users can view metadata of each of their shots. This makes it sit alongside some other Google apps, including Android Messages and Chrome—that themselves recently received updates with Material Theme elements to match the experience of Android 9.0 Pie.
The design changes include: refreshed tab icons filled with white colour, the search bar on the top and the albums tab having rounded corners. There have been no design changes to the navigation drawer that gives access to the settings menu, device folders and the bin. The icons however, are filled with white colour.
The rounded corners and Google Sans font are visible when using Google Lens as well. There is also a style tab indicator that you’ll notice at the time of switching tools while editing images on the Google Photos app.
To view the metadata, the users need to swipe up the photo while viewing it fullscreen, in order to see the date and place when the photo was taken, as well as the associated EXIF data. Alternatively, the metadata can also be accessed by pressing the three-dot button from the top-right corner and then tapping the info option. The users can also add a description to their existing images from the info screen directly.
You can download the updated Google Photos on your Android device from Google Play. Since the app is rolling out in phases, it may take some time to reach your handset. Nevertheless, you can sideload the app by downloading its APK file directly from APK Mirror.