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Thanks, Google... for improving iPhone Live Photos

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Thanks, Google... for improving iPhone Live Photos

The cool Live Photos iPhone camera feature that allows you to automatically capture a small video with every photo, a way to add more context and emotion to a still image, was introduced nearly a year and a half ago with the iPhone 6s. Apple has refined it and worked to support Live Photos in both Facebook and Google Photos, but in the recent months, the company has not added any meaningful innovation to Live Photos.

Thankfully, good guy Google, the number one Apple rival in the mobile operating system wars, seems hard at work to improve and perfect the Live Photos concept via its Motion Stills for iPhone. The app that allows you to easily save and export Live Photos as GIFs that you can universally share, has now added the feature to customize the moment of time when the Live Photo starts via an easy to use slider. This is great: those who have used Live Photos know the feeling of that one wrong moment that gets captured in a Live Photo every once in a while, and that you just cannot skip. Well, this is possible now.

Motion Stills will also automatically trim those frames towards the end of the video when you already start to remove the phone from the photo and place it in your pocket. Other improvements to the app include better color depth, smoother stabilization and export for loops in native Apple formats. Put simply, it fixes a lot of wrongs and adds a ton of cool features. Being made by Google, the app is fast and stable, ad-free and awesome. You can check it out right below. 

Now, if only Google worked as hard on actually bringing such a feature to Android phones...

Download Motion Stills for iPhone


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posted on 17 Mar 2017, 02:50 8

1. AlikMalix (unregistered)


There are so many apps that do this since the beginning of Life Photos on iPhones...

...but knowing AndroidArena, they always give praise to Google as if they were first... /s

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 03:12 2

3. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1026; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


LMAO, that's a first

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 03:17 4

4. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Yeah, I was trying to do what the others do when Apple is mentioned...

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 04:25

8. afrohoxha (Posts: 27; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Well..Technically Apple IS mentioned here

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 03:20

5. Raito (Posts: 64; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


Well said!!!

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 04:36

10. Finalflash (Posts: 3485; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea well at least someone is doing something about the gimmicks Apple keeps adding. I mean it should be Apple at the forefront of supporting their own technology but force touch and live photos have stayed, for the most part, just gimmicks thanks to Apple being lazy.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 04:59 1

12. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Seriously dude, is there a quota you got to fill? Yes live photos is a gimmick from where I stand... but forcetouch - I WILL NOT USE ANOTHER DEVICE WITHOUT IT... my apps, games, the UI, all are better, faster, more coherent with 3D touch.

Touch screens have been missing "right click" since the first iPhone - forcetouch is the perfect answer...

Go change your icons or something.. and leave real UI interactions to grownups..

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 05:26

13. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2036; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Sorry for off topic, but nice car you got there. Which model?

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 10:03 1

17. AlikMalix (unregistered)


It's not mine, just s pic I found online. It's RW 993. My Porsche is nothing close to this nice or this expensive.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 10:46

22. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Oops meant RW 964 (not 993)

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 08:07

15. yyzamin (Posts: 281; Member since: 26 Aug 2015)


Couldnt have worded it better. Recently brought an iPad mini 4 and force touch is noticeably missing

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 08:16

16. lyndon420 (Posts: 4952; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Quota?!? And that comment comes from the guy who has made 4 posts on the same thread within a 4 hour time period lol.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 10:12

18. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Lyndon, I'm talking about dissing Apple or its users for the sake of dissing, not regular posts. Clearly this guy does not care for Apple products - why post garbage about it?

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 10:19 1

20. AmashAziz (Posts: 1380; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Live photos, for me atleast, is not a gimmick. It's one of the most used-by-me features on iPhone and one that's quite fun. Especially for showing off to friends and family, and using as wallpapers.

And 3D touch is just awesome! Just like you, I donot want to use any other device that's missing this feature. Unfortunately, the android device I have used as a work device misses it so I am kind of screwed.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 03:01 2

2. strikerchooooo (Posts: 110; Member since: 25 Sep 2016)


"Thankfully, good guy Google..." - bhahaha, it breaks my heart, PA. Thief N1 a.k.a. Giggle has "improved" Live photos. Good education pays, guys. Hire educated people, please.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 03:43 3

6. greenelektron (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Been using this already for monthsssss. This is so great!

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 04:18

7. kerginaldo17 (unregistered)


IOS depends on Google for so many things. But I will mention only two: Translator and maps And you still complain ...

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 04:28

9. Awalker (Posts: 1675; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Google has already been doing this through the photos apps on Android. If you take a burst shot or a few shot of anything in quick succession it turns it into a gif.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 04:57 1

11. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Been turning burst shots into gifs for a long time too... "there's an app for that"...

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 07:47

14. trojan_horse (Posts: 4569; Member since: 06 May 2016)


And therr were and still are apls in the Play Store which did this gif stuff ever since.

Heck, HTC, Sony and Nokia a had this feature since 2013 or so.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 10:16

19. AlikMalix (unregistered)


That's what I said....

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 10:38

21. Anonymous. (Posts: 44; Member since: 15 Jun 2016)


You said "There are so many apps that do this since the beginning of Life Photos on iPhones..."

Since the begin of Life Photos on iPhones?

FFS, Live Photos existed before the iPhone featured it!

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 10:48

23. AlikMalix (unregistered)


His reply was to post #11. Notice we're talking about app stores, not phone features.

And I know there were Live Photos apps and features before apple implemented on the iPhone, even in an app form for iOS in the App Store

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 12:38

24. talon95 (Posts: 730; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Google usually does it better than some random app, so I'd say users will be happy to have it.

posted on 17 Mar 2017, 14:03

25. vijay.alapati (Posts: 181; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


When are google planning to support backup of samsung s7 motion picture

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