“In the redesigned Google Photos, we’re giving your photos and videos more prominence and bringing search front-and-center,” said Product Director David Lieb in a blog post.

It all looks well-thought out for an app with a lot of information to display. It’s also adding a map view so you can search a fully interactive world map and zoom in on where certain photos were taken thanks to the attached location information embedded.

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So long as you don’t mind Google having this much data about you stored on its servers, these updates will be well received by many.

Google Photos is used by more than a billion people each month according to Google. It’s a cloud-based way to keep all your photos and videos from all your devices filed and backed up. Indeed, our step-by-step guide explains how to get started with Google Photos and back up all your photos and videos for free.

In the five years since its release, it has matured dramatically to the point where it has become indispensable. It’s such a relief to be able to set your backup options when you install it and then never have to worry about using photos ever again.

In fact, it’s so good that many Android OEMs have ditched their gallery apps and simply ship phones with Google Photos preinstalled.