The two most notable developments in 2020 regarding Google Photos were the end of support for free unlimited storage and the redesign that revolved around Memories. However, the latter only affected the application, while the web experience remained practically the same. However, that is changing, as Google is rolling out a web client update that offers a similar experience.

First discovered by 9to5Google, the redesign features an Explore tab that is the equivalent of the Search tab in the mobile app. Here, you will be able to browse your media with the help of three categories: People, Places and Things, or even sort them according to the type of media (i.e. screenshots, videos, moving photos, etc.).

While you can access your favorites from this tab, there is also a dedicated Favorites tab in the navigation menu that will allow you to jump directly to your strewn with stars media. What’s still missing from the web experience, however, is access to Memories, which displays a personalized collection of images, grouped by date or by a common theme: scenic sunsets and kitchen breaks, for example.

At the time of writing, the new update does not appear to be widespread. Since I was only able to detect it in one of my three accounts, I may have to wait a bit.

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