You can now share Motion Photos as videos on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Following a closer inspection, it turns out that the same Samsung Galaxy S7 update that officialized the 'Condensed' display mode, fixed touchscreen stability and patched skewed photos also provides a way for users to easily share Motion Photo videos.

Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge come with a small camera feature called Motion Photo, which is essentially Samsung's implementation of a feature that was originally introduced by HTC's Zoe and brought to wider audiences through Apple's Live Photos. With Motion Photo activated, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 take several additional stills each time you capture a photo, and then create a GIF that users can view in the camera gallery.

Previous to this new update, Samsung did not make it possible for Galaxy S7 and S7 edge users to share a Motion Photo as a video, forcing users to adopt a third-party app for sharing purposes. Users running updated Galaxy S7 handsets can now share Motion Photo videos by simply tapping the share button and selecting a destination (such as YouTube, Instagram, WatsApp, etc) for the video.

While this isn't a significant change to the Samsung Galaxy S7, it does serve to further proof that Samsung is in the process of adopting a new philosophy. Hopefully, Samsung will establish a pattern out of introducing new functions and features in accordance to community feedback.

source: Sammobile



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Close but no cigar. No sound and can't me shared via txt message.

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Zzzzzzz. Let us know when iMessage is compatible with Android.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

It is!!! When you text me from android, I receive it on iMessage, and I text you back (to Android) using iMessage... But I agree, it would be great if Apple released iMessage for android, but what's the point, some of the coolest features of iMessage wont work on android, because android doesnt have friend/family tracking, doesn't have forcetouch to glance at texts and context menu's for every contact. It would be too much to port iMessage - it's very integrated into iOS features that if ported it would be a simple standalone texting app that looks like iOS... - and for that it already works with simple texting to android and back...

8. ezfidel

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

What features does imessage have?

3. nique0201

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

i want to share it as a motion photo at the very least to other s7 users, without having to email. iphones can send live photos to other iphones. if i want to send a video ill record a actual one.

4. talon95

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Thanks for acknowledging Zoe. But I don't care for this "feature" on any platform. Take a video if you want a video. I don't need weird linked videos/gifs saved in obscure locations and using up my memory. If you going to make this a feature then save it in the gallery as a gif and let me share it however I want to. I'd appreciate if they would add a GIF camera button, beside the shutter and video buttons. Just let me create a gif when I want. Or allow for the export of a gif of any photo for 1 hour after taking it and then it discards the background video element automatically.

5. raykingellis

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

There's an option to make an "Animated GIF" in the modes section of the galaxy cameras. I rarely use the motion photo, but I can see how some people would like to have it. It's just an option that you manually have to select, which I'm sure they will eventually make it an optional "mode" to download in the future. For now, there are any number of reasons it's baked into the software. Probably just a competitive way to try to match what HTC and Apple have done.

6. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

So this is essentially a copy of the lumia living photos. [sarcasm]How original.[/sarcasm]

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