In 2016, Google released a new app specially designed for iOS and called Motion Stills. Its purpose was to help users achieve more control and further advance their feature Live Photos. Motion Stills could assist them in stabilizing photos, cropping out blurry faces, even turn the Live Photos into more easily shareable GIFs.
Starting with July 20, Android users will be getting a Motion Stills app of their own. This will be specially adapted to suit this other platform and will come with a set of unique features of its own.
Motion Stills App for Android to come With Fast Forward, Among Others
According to a company statement accompanying the release, the Motion Stills Android app will be including a new “recording experience”. Thanks to this, all images shot will be immediately transformed into short clips. Ones which can be easily shared across other platforms. After recording a clip, users will be able to adjust its playback speed on a scale of 1x to 8x.
Capturing a Motion Still will also be just as simple as taking a photo, all thanks to a single tap. One interesting feature of available on the Android app version will is Fast Forward. This will help users reduce longer recordings and transform them into shorter clips.
Processing will take place straight on the phone, but the feature will only work with recordings up to one minute long.
Google also points out that “In addition to stabilizing your recordings, Motion Stills on Android comes with an improved trimming algorithm that guards against pocket shots and accidental camera shakes.”
In its post, the company also explains some of the technological changes brought to the iOS version. The ones that made it possible to introduce a new Motion Stills app for Android. It also offers further details about the base technology itself, and what helps encode videos, among others.
According to Google, this new app will be a place where it can continue experimenting with the short-form video technology. Some of the improvements brought to this technology could reportedly be used in other of the company’s products as well.
The Motion Still app for Android is now available for download, for free, on Google Play. It works on Android 5.1 or higher.
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