Google acquires video editing app maker Fly Labs to integrate it with Photos: will we finally get a decent 4K video editor on Android?


There is one word to describe the state of video editing on Android: embarrassing.

The situation is particularly shameful given the fact that phones capable of recording 4K video on Android have existed ever since the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was first released nearly two years ago. Yet, there is still no full-blown video editor that could handle them. Adding insult to the injury is Apple - the company was late to the 4K video game, but with the iPhone 6s it not only added 4K video recording with no limitations in time (Samsung's most powerful Android phones are still limited to around 5 minutes of 4K video), but also brought an updated iMovie that is nothing short of a great 4K video editor.

Google, however, seems to have finally taken notice and the big news of these days is that the search giant acquired Fly Labs, a developer studio behind some of the best iPhone video apps (Tempo, Fly and Crop).

Fly Labs also has a full blown video editor that supports 4K video - the app is called Clips and that is the one piece of the puzzle that Android is sorely missing.

After the acquisition (no financial details were made publicly available), Fly Labs' apps would still be available on the App Store, but won't receive any more updates.

Google Photos product lead David Lieb teased in a tweet: "video is uniquely powerful for reliving memories, esp when combined with the machine learning of Google Photos. Lots to come!"



source: TechCrunch

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22 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Didn't the Sony users on that "embarrassing" article mention that they're able to edit 4k movies on the native app?

2. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes I was about to post that Sony users with 4K recording capabilities already have a decent video editor where you can Trim and change speed (1/2x, 1/4x and 1/8x) and the output will be the original resolution.

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

In my understanding, a full-blown video editor involves transitions, text, and so on. Limited options are available on some phones, but they are just that - limited.

14. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The typical user will only use a video editor for trimming and that is it... You guys like to talk about the "typical user" but when you want to make a point you go the different way. Why don't you make camera comparisons using the full potential of each device... Using manual modes and so on... Because you hide behind the "typical user" excuse... I doubt that people wanting to make a long video with transitions, text and effects will make it 4k... Sony already offers a great video maker for fullHD content, "Movie Creator" with all those features.

15. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

EXCELLENT POINT!!! their arbitrary "typical user" argument only works to favor their favorite brands.

18. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Whether most users would use those features at 4k is irrelevant, they're basic features that you'll find on almost any editing software and if they're missing then that software has limited editing functionality.

17. Tizo101

Posts: 541; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Victor H, your understanding is not understating... it's something else but out of fear of getting blocked I won't mention it.

4. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

IPhonearena strikes again. Samsung has video editor default and does excellent work. You not have to work like the iPhone because they are not the standard to follow. I wonder with 16 GB of memory that PA talks unlimited video ?? Set aside at least I do not need more than 5min 4k, I do not do reality show.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Say what!?!?!

12. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

You're a f**king idiot iSheep, that you understand ...

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

LOL, You call me an idiot and you type like that? HA HA HA HA! Also, the only Apple product I own is an iPod Nano that was purchased back in 2010 so I don't think I qualify as an "iSheep"... dumb ass.

19. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Idiot if you do not know anything about then shut up. t does not act like an idiot or at least bring something good in comments.

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Dude... I don't know anything? HA HA HA! It hurts my head to read your comments due to your inability to actually construct a legible sentence. If you feel compelled to insult someone, don't attack their intelligence by calling them an idiot when you have no clue how to write. that's what you call irony.

21. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Ok asshole

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I will accept that as an appropriate insult. LOL Have a good day! :)

8. KidAndroid

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

I have an S6 and an S6 Edge and used Samsung's video editor and it's not great, nowhere near the level that Apple users have. Hell I was about to switch to an iPhone specifically for the video editing capabilities it's that much better, now I can stick to Android for everything which is awesome news.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31047; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iMovie is an excellent editor, and Samsungs is excellent too. I've deleted both, and just use the built in one to save space. You've probably never used Apples, and are just bashing.

6. shinywindow unregistered

Hey Victor h. How bout pulling krapples weinie out of your mouth and give us some unbiased information for a change.

9. KidAndroid

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

I'm an Android enthusiast and he's not being biased at all, Android sucks for video editing and I've been saying it for years now. Samsung has an editor and I've used it with my S6 & S6 Edge but it sucks compared to Apples option plain and simple. I think your being biased man

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31047; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Leaving a stupid ass post like that, do you really expect him to respond?

7. shinywindow unregistered

These krapple loving sheet bags make me sick.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I like Google photo and good to know that Google had made a big investment on it.

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