Google Photos for Android is carrying out a Material Theme account switch after the Play Store and other first-party apps. Unlike those clients, a redesigned backup upload indicator is neatly incorporated in this new UI element.
Your profile icon will now appear on the right side of the search field for photos. If you are a member with the standard four-part ring, Google One status will be noted. This Material Theme account switcher replaces the overflow menu that allows you to select multiple items, change layout, and “Create new” albums, prints, movies, and more.
Luckily, the underlying function remains accessible through other methods— tap-and-hold and pinch-to-zoom, while the Cast icon appears next to it.
Clicking on your avatar opens an account switcher that is identical but customized to other apps. Instead of immediately listing all of your on-device accounts, only the one active is visible. A dropdown shows certain users and allows you to reach “Use without an account.”
At the bottom is your new upload status and option to “free up” photos and videos that “have been safely backed up to your Google Account.” There is a specific elegance of the Google Photos Material Theme account switch.
As the media is backed up, the status will be noted by a blue ring around your profile image. In the bottom-right corner there is also an upload button. Integrating together is very subtle and a clever solution.
After yesterday’s upgrade to version 4.33 from the Play Store, the new Google Photos backup switcher is still live on only one of our devices (Pixel 4). A component on the server side that is not widely rolled out is needed.