Redmond is bringing the new and improved design for OneDrive on Android to all users after months of testing. I reported back in September when the company initially started testing the new design with a small group of users. And today, the update is coming to all users.
The new look for OneDrive isn’t too different from the previous design, and it will look familiar if you have used OneDrive on an iPhone. Microsoft is ditching the classic hamburger design for the OneDrive app on Android, and replacing it with an iOS-style tab bar at the bottom. The change is supposed to improve discoverability of the core features of the app, along with an improved account switcher for those with multiple accounts.
The new tab bar, as you can see below, gives you quick access to all of your files, your photos, recent files, shared files, and a “Me” section where you can access things like files that are available for downloads, settings, and notifications.
I am personally a big fan of the tab bar design on apps, especially on big phones where accessing the hamburger can be a bit difficult. But Microsoft’s reason for replacing the hamburger with the tab bar is to improve discoverability, and that actually makes a lot of sense as the previous hamburger design could potentially make it harder for brand new users to discover different features of the app. Functionality wise, nothing really changes with the latest update, so there isn’t anything to worry about.
OneDrive users with an Android phone can get the latest design right away from the Google Play Store here.