An update to the Google Photos app for iOS brings some of the features of the Motion Stills stand-alone app to Google’s main photo application. New functions allow for easier editing, sharing and stabilization of Apple’s animated Live Photos. Thanks to intelligent electronic stabilization algorithms Google Photos now lets you create animated images with moving subjects but frozen backgrounds, and sweeping pan shots.
After editing Live Photos can now be converted into movie files and saved to the iPhone’s camera roll. This means with the update the files are shareable with Android phones and other devices which are not capable of processing Apples Live Photo format. Additionally, the improved version of the app includes some new photo organization functions. Images in albums can now be sorted chronologically and you can choose thumbnails for your friends’ faces in the People module.
The update can now be downloaded and installed from the Apple App Store and should be available for the Android and Web versions of Google Photos soon.