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...

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24 Comments

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

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

LMAO, that's a first

4. AlikMalix unregistered

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

8. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Well..Technically Apple IS mentioned here

5. Raito

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Well said!!!

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

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..

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

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

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.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Oops meant RW 964 (not 993)

15. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

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

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6868; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

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?

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

6. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

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

7. kerginaldo17 unregistered

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

9. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

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

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

That's what I said....

21. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 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!

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

24. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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

25. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

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

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