“Photos” In Google Navigation Bar Now Links To Google+ Photos, Not Picasa, If Signed-In

Google has replaced the destination URL of the “Photos” link within the Google navigation at the top of the page. Now when you click on “Photos,” and if signed-in, Google will take you to Google+ Photos, instead of taking you to Picasa photos.

When I click on photos, I am taken to my Google+ profile with photos from my circles and public photos. If you’re signed-out, the link still points to Picasa Web Albums. Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Picasa would be renamed to Google Photos.

Alex Chitu spotted this and noted you can still access Picasa at picasaweb.google.com.

In January of this year, Google replaced Google Reader with Photos when in the Gmail screen. Photos is not a main menu item when in web search, but it can be accessed via the “more” drop down menu.

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Related Topics: Channel: Social | Google: Google+ | Google: Picasa | Google: User Interface

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  • http://answerguy.com Jeff Yablon

    I have no problem with them re-branding their photo service (and let’s face it; no one was in love with “Picasa”), but the Google Photos site, while visually pleasing (and dare I say, Facebook-esque) has dropped geolocation data and face recognition when compared to Picasa.

    I PRESUME those will be back, but … SERIOUSLY, Google?

  • http://answerguy.com Jeff Yablon

    OK … the GEO data IS available if you jump through hoops. The facial stuff is not.

    What are they thinking?

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