New, Advanced Search Bar to Replace FAB on Google Photos on Android

New, Advanced Search Bar to Replace FAB on Google Photos on Android
Android (CM6) Notification Bar and Google Search Widget on Rooted HTC Magic 32B brownpau / Flickr cc

Google Photos on Android just got a lot smoother with a new search bar installed at the top of the app. The search bar boosts up the search process on Google Photos by helping you find and manage the photos much faster.


The dedicated search bar is only available for people who download the latest update of Google Photos (version 1.19). According to AndroidCentral, the search bar lets one access one’s previously searched keywords by simply tapping on the bar. The floating action button or the blue FAB search option has now been removed and replaced with the new search bar. One can choose to tap on the search bar to select one of the last searched phrases, names of places, people or other things or even go with the good old way of typing out one’s keywords/search phrases.

9to5google further elaborates adding that the new version of Google Photos also lets one access the device folder in order to rename or delete them. One will also have the ability to customize clips of movies that is created using videos, photos and music files from one’s own device.

The overall appearance of the Google Photos has also gone through some major changes. The hamburger menu now sits on the extreme left while the right-hand side hosts the overflow menu. A whole new set of options has been introduced into the overflow menu. One can now juggle between viewing options such as yearly, monthly and comfortable view. The Overflow menu in Google Photos also lets people access shortcuts to creating albums, collages, and animations.

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From design’s perspective, the search bar is a lot precise, compact and offers a lot of shortcut options. Google is always used to testing any new design ideas by first introducing them through their Photos app. While this might definitely be a hint to potential design changes coming up in other similar apps run by Google, nothing can be confirmed as of yet.

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