Google Photos gets Memories renovation with added vertical swipe gesture on Android

Last updated: September 27, 2022 at 10:00 UTC+02:00

According to the latest report, Google Photos is receiving the Memories design refresh with added vertical swipes. The feature was recently announced and will give the look and feel of the story-inspired section in the top carousel of the Google Photos app that has been available on mobile and desktop since 2019.

The Memories section is now much cleaner and has smooth vertical swipes. Using the swipe gestures, you can easily switch between AI-generated images and video flipbooks, as noted by 9To5Google. The category title font on Memories subtitles is now much bolder, with the photo detail at the bottom left. It also includes captions and location details of the photo, if available. There is an X button in the top left corner of the Memories that allows you to quickly exit.

The improved collage editor is not part of the upcoming Google Photos update

With the vertical swipe, you can now scroll through your memories instead of going back to the main Google Photos library view. Google also adds a zoom effect, which gives you a parallax look on certain images. The instrumental background music is also coming with a future rollout for the app sometime in October. Currently, only the Google Photos UI and vertical scrolling features are live for the app on Android.

There is another feature called Shared Memories, which is now available with the latest update. This option allows you to send any image collection to friends and family. Tapping on the Shared Reminders option will create a link that you can share with any contact or paste into an application of your choice.

This eliminates the need to download and send each image or video one after the other. Please note that the updated collage editor, which was an important part of the original announcement, is currently missing.