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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Sricharan R

Apart from tweaking its search engine to offer advanced recipes, Google has also made some minor changes to its photos app for Android. The update brings more visual appeal with a new grid look, especially in the albums tab.

The iOS update will follow soon in sometime. Those using the older version of the update will notice that the album cards in the section are rectangular in shape with a full cover image. With the new Google Photos for Android, the app now shows smaller album tiles with cover images in square. This lets two albums sit side by side rather than having to scroll through one album at a time.

The title and date of an album are placed below the cover image rather than inside. This change may bring up mixed reactions from users who have grown used to the wide rectangular albums. The smaller tiles is likely to help save time when scrolling for a particular album.

The Albums tab also gets a new 'Photos on device' (previously called Device folders) which club photos under a specific location in your device's storage such as camera or screenshots. Previously, the photos were accessed through the navigation drawer.

The new section follows the same two column layout as the redesigned Albums tab. Apart from these, there are hints at which features Google may bring in future versions.

A new auto-stories feature might show up in an upcoming update that will let you initiate the story-style albums. The auto stories will collect user's photos and create your own story. 

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