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[Update: Live] Google Photos for Android, iOS redesign adds map view

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Back in May, Google quietly marked the fifth anniversary of Photos with direct album sharing. Google Photos today is now getting a big redesign that modernizes the mobile app’s look, and very notably its icon.

Update 6/29: The Google Photos redesign is widely rolling out for Android users today after immediately appearing on iOS last week. Try closing the app from the Recents multitasking menu and relaunching until you’re greeted with a welcome prompt.


Original 6/25: Instead of four main sections and a navigation drawer, Google has simplified Photos to just three tabs in the bottom bar.

The app still starts with a “Photos” grid, but thumbnails and auto-playing videos are larger as the space between everything is reduced. Google has updated the Memories carousel to leverage larger portrait cards instead of circles while adding more types of content.

In fact, Google has made movies, collages, animations, stylized photos, and other automatic creations a part of Memories, with the “For you” tab disappearing. Introduced last fall, Google says the story-like feature is viewed by 120 million users every month.

Google notes how “Search” has become more important as “photo libraries have gotten bigger.” As such, it’s a dedicated section and the center tab. It starts with a text box and is followed by a larger “People & pets” carousel than before.

However, the biggest feature is the new map view, which Google says is its most-requested feature, under “Places.” Leveraging EXIF camera data and Google Location History, Photos has a cool heat map effect and locates images as you scroll back in time.

You can pinch and zoom around the globe to explore photos of your travels, see where you’ve taken the most photos around your hometown, or find that one photo from somewhere on your road trip across the country.

Lastly, is the “Library” tab with Albums, Favorites, Trash, Archive, and more. This is followed by the “Photos on device” carousel, while US and Canadian users will see a banner for the Print store.

Meanwhile, the “Sharing” feed has been moved to the top-left corner and is visible throughout the app.

The Google Photos redesign is rolling out to Android and iOS over the next week as version 5.0. Meanwhile, Photos on the web will see a refreshed layout and the new icon.

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Lenovo working on dual-purpose Android tablet and external monitor, ‘Yoga X’

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One feature that Android fans have to be envious of the iPad for is Sidecar, the ability to use your iPad as an external display. It seems the folks at Lenovo are eyeing an interesting way to solve that by making an Android tablet that doubles as an external monitor, the “Yoga X.”

This evening, two different leakers shared information about an upcoming device from Lenovo, reportedly called the “Yoga X.” Evan Blass shared an image on his Patreon depicting a simple illustration of this Yoga X, with a design that suffices it to say odd for a typical Android tablet. At first glance, it looks more like Chromebook folded into presentation mode than an Android tablet.

Fellow leaker Till Kottmann, via XDA-Developers, has provided a bit more context on what this device has in store. According to internal Lenovo documentation uncovered by Kottmann, which references a “second screen UX wireframe,” the Lenovo Yoga X will be able to connect via mini HDMI to another device. In doing so, the Android part of the tablet will lock to secure your data and the Yoga X will act as a display for what you’ve connected — be it a laptop, game console, or phone.

Elsewhere in the internal document, reportedly parts of the tablet’s Android side will still function as normal, including the brightness and volume controls as well as the audio output, should you want to use the Yoga X’s speakers.

Unfortunately, no other details have been discovered, such as specs, display size, or pricing. Given the lack of details and how bold and experimental an idea it would be to turn an Android tablet into an external display, it’s entirely possible this “Lenovo Yoga X” could never reach the market.

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Google surveying Android 11 Beta 2 users about what still needs to be fixed

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Following the latest beta on Wednesday, there is only one more Android 11 release before the public launch later this quarter. Google today released a survey asking testers to chime in on Android 11 Beta 2.

As we did for Beta 1, we’d like your feedback on the latest version of Android 11 on your Pixel device. This anonymous survey should take only a few minutes to complete. This helps us identify improvements or regressions between releases and prioritize key issue areas.

This follows last month’s survey on the initial beta and starts by having users confirm their device and build number. The anonymous survey polls you about “Android Feature/Area Satisfaction” in 10 areas, including Stability, Performance, Messaging, and App Experience.

It then asks whether you’d “recommend [Beta 2] to your friends and family” in its current state. There’s also a question about how “this beta build compare to the previous Android 11 beta build.” The four options are “Better,” “Same,” “Worse,” and “I didn’t try the previous beta build.”

We’d like to understand if you’re noticing improvements or regressions between beta releases.

That leads Google to ask about the “top issue area you experienced” and whether it would make you leave the Android Beta Program. Lastly, there’s an open field to “provide additional feedback on your experience.”

The final part of this survey is an open text field to leave any other comments about Android 11 Beta 2.

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Alphabet Scoop 095: Understanding Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, and Pixel 5… and a Nest speaker

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This week we dive into the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5 following their surfacing in the Google app. In addition to making sense of Google’s 2020 phone lineup, we talk about the upcoming Nest speaker that was just officially teased.

Alphabet Scoop is available on Google Play, Google PodcastsiTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, and through our dedicated RSS feed for Pocket Casts and other podcast players.

New episodes of Alphabet Scoop are recorded every Thursday afternoon at 4-5 PM ET and published on Friday mornings. Subscribe to our podcast in Google Play or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they’re available.

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