With the last Google Maps update, you know, the one that brought in a new app icon, Google removed the ability to use the hamburger menu. Instead, a list of settings now resides in the account icon at the top right while adding an additional tab at the bottom. The next app to get a new layout is Google Photos.
Screenshots published on Android Central show what the updated interface looks like. There will no longer be a hamburger menu on the Google Photos app and the “Albums” tab will be renamed to “Library”.
Source: Android Police
Additionally, there will be a new tab called “Search”, which will remove the search bar at the top. The new Search tab will make it easier to select a photo category like selfies, portraits or panoramas.
As Google did with Maps, we imagine that many of the hamburger menu items will be moved to the account user icon in the top right. The change takes place on the server side, so you don’t necessarily need to update the app before seeing the updated UI.
With Android Gestures, we can expect Google to phase out the hamburger menu in its design guidelines. The reason is that swiping from the left or right edge of the screen triggers a “Back” command with gestures, and the hamburger menu was initially accessed by swiping from the left edge.