Google Photos Update Allows It To Convert Live Photos Into GIFs On iOS

Ali Salman
Posted Sep 10, 2016
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Google Photos is one of the best photo management and backup solution on mainly all smartphones. While the Photos app in iOS 10 is better than ever, Google is making sure that it stays out of the competition. Now, Google has seen fit to update its Google Photos app on iOS that has a cool new feature up its sleeves – the ability to easily convert Live Photos into GIFs or movies. This feature was previously available on iOS but you would have to download a separate app for it.

Convert Live Photos Into GIFs with Google Photos

If you have the Motion Stills app installed on your iPhone to convert Live Photos into GIFs, you can might as well forgo it in favor of the Google Photos app. Nonetheless, it’s totally your call if you’re good with controls and operations on the prior. Motion Stills lets you create short movies with a pinch of cinematic elements and much more. You also have the ability to freeze the background motion while keeping it on the foreground if you want to jump your movies up a notch.

Google writes:

“Live Photos bring photos to life with sound and motion, but can suffer from the everyday bumps and shakes that happen when you take photos. Plus, they can be hard to share with friends who don’t have an iPhone,”

Apart from the ability to convert Live Photos into GIFs, the update also integrates advanced rendering along with stabilization features. This will ensure that the images you capture are super smooth. The techniques used in the Google Photos app is pretty much similar to that found in the company’s Motion Stills app. The stabilized Live Photos can then be easily saved and shared on social media. For more information on how the stabilization is achieved, check out this official explanation on Google’s Research blog.

Moreover, the advanced stabilized algorithms run directly on your device rather allowing your phone to connect to the internet. So the lead time between operation is comparatively minimized and you’ll end up with sharp, smooth images which can be shared with your friends. There are a bunch of other additions surrounding the update as well, allowing the app to select thumbnail for faces inside the People album, sorting album photos chronologically and much more. So if you’re interested, be sure to install Google Photos if you haven’t already.

What is your go-to app for managing and backing up photos on your iOS device? Do you think integrating the the ability to convert Live Photos into GIFs on Google Photos makes Motion Stills app redundant? Let us know in the comments.

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