Although millions of Android tablets are sold each year and Chromebooks use many of the same apps through the Play Store, most of Google’s apps are not optimized for large screens. Google Photos is an app that has always looked horrible on Android tablets, but that’s finally changing.
Google seems to be testing an updated layout for Google Photos on Android tablets . In both portrait and landscape orientation, the lower tab bar moves to the left side, with more controls than the three simple tabs (Photos, Search, and Library) visible on Android phones. It’s definitely a better use of the available screen space.
I don’t have the updated layout of Google Photos on any of my Chromebooks or tablets, so I can’t test for additional design changes beyond the modified navigation. The information display for individual photos is especially bad on tablets. The reason? Hide the photo and show the data in a single centered column.