what you need to know
- Amazon is releasing a new user interface for its Photos app on Android.
- The app now includes a panel for easy filtering of images.
- Menu items like account view and sharing are now hidden in two new icons.
- The new user interface was first introduced on iOS devices in 2021.
In case you didn’t know, Amazon has its own cloud photo storage app to rival what Google has to offer, and the app is getting a new look for Android.
The new look focuses primarily on photos. The main view is no longer cluttered with navigation tabs and menus, and the gallery is central to the experience. The redesign aims to ensure everything you need is “within thumb’s reach”.
The bottom navigation bar has been replaced with a new panel that lets you quickly filter your photos by date, people, locations, and more. This is also where you can access curated features like daily reminders.
There are two floating buttons that allow users to access menu items. The floating smile button takes you to your account, uploads and other settings. This is also where the print menu is located, allowing you to create high-quality prints from within the app. Meanwhile, the paper airplane icon will take you to the share page where you can “Privately share photos and videos with your loved ones”.
If you’re a Prime subscriber, you’ll still get unlimited full-resolution photo storage and 5GB of video storage. It’s not a bad deal, especially if you’re a Prime subscriber looking for an alternative to Google Photos, which no longer offers unlimited, full-quality photo storage. However, a Google One subscription gives you access to plenty of impressive editing features, and Google Photos is still a pretty impressive app even without the subscription.
This update might look a little familiar to iPhone owners. This is actually the same overhaul that rolled out to iOS devices around this time last year. For some reason, it’s only just coming out for Android phones. Better late than never, I suppose.
The Amazon Photos update should be rolled out to Android devices on Tuesday.