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Google Photos 'Albums' view gets tweaked to show more stuff

The Google Photos version 2.8 update brings more content into the albums view and drops the full-width photos.

Published onFebruary 3, 2017

The latest Google Photos app update, version 2.8, introduces some changes to the albums view to include more pictures. The albums tab is now divided into three sections: exploration, photos on device and user-created albums.

The exploration row previously seen in albums contains collections of photos like People, Places, Things etc. — it’s the albums generated by Google’s algorithms to help you find specific types of pictures.  This row is now larger and holds more thumbnails, four instead of three, so you know more about the content inside before clicking through.

The Photos on Device row used to be called Device Folders and contains pictures taken with your camera app, your screenshots, as well as media from other apps like WhatsApp or Twitter.

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The third row is for the albums you’ve created. Unlike the full-width photos provided before, however, these are now also shown as square tiles like the other content.

Overall, there’s more information to seen on the album page now and it’s easier to see what’s inside your galleries; it’s a subtle update, but a smart one. Check it out for yourself, download Google Photos via the Play Store link below.

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