Google+ Improves Story Telling and Movie Making
Google today rolled out updates to its Google+ applications that focus on improving how the service treats photos and videos captured with smartphones. For example, the Auto Awesome feature will now automatically combine photos and videos to create travelogues in a feature called Stories. Google+ is adding Auto Awesome Movies to the Android, iOS, and web versions of Google+, which will automatically generate highlight reels. The app now makes it easy to create animated GIFs and photobooth-type images with a the Motion and Mix tools. Google+ also gains support for much larger photo libraries on Android devices, providing mobile access to thousands of photos stored on Google's servers. The service organizes photos by date, and adds a scroll bar to make it simple to zoom backward or forward in time. Google+ profiles now display total content views, include a new navigation bar for moving around the service, and make it simpler to share content from mobile devices. The new Google+ for Android devices is available today. The iOS version will follow shortly.
Latest Google Photos App Improves Search
Google is rolling out an update to its Google Photos app for Android with a new search bar. The app places the search bar at the top, replacing the floating action button that previously adorned the lower corner of the app.
Google Photos Gets a Boost from AI
Google today is rolling out an update to Google Photos that introduces some new AI-assisted tools. First, Photos will reach deep into users' libraries to pair old photos of people with the newest photos of those same people so you can reconnect with those older memories.
Google Photos Update Adds Auto White Balance Correction
Google says a new version of its Google Photos app introduces several new editing tools for improving photographs. The Google Photos editor already automatically corrects exposure and saturation, but will now also automatically correct white balance.
Pixel's Motion Photos Can Now Be Exported as GIFs
Owners of the Google's Pixel handsets have a new way to share Motion Photos. A recent update to the Google Photos app adds the ability for Motion Photos to be exported as still images, videos, and now as GIFs.