With the latest Google Maps update, you know, the one that brought a new app icon, Google removed the ability to use the hamburger menu. Instead, a list of settings now lives in the account icon at the top-right while also adding one more tab at the bottom. The next app to get a new layout is Google Photos.
In addition, there will be a new tab called Search, which will remove the search bar at the top. The new Search tab will make it easier to select a category of photos like Selfies, Portraits, or Panoramas.
Like Google did with Maps, we imagine that many of the menu items in the hamburger will be relocated to the account users icon in the top-right. The change is rolling out on the server side, so you dont necessarily need to update the app before you see the updated UI.
With Android Gestures, we can expect Google will eventually phase out the hamburger menu in its design guidelines. The reason for this is swiping in from either the left or right edge of the screen triggers a Back command with gestures, and the hamburger menu was originally accessed by sliding in from the left edge.