Google Photos has been one of the quintessential Google services that I personally cannot live with, especially when it comes to maintaining the photos on the cloud and managing storage in a much better way. A couple of months earlier Google release Motion Stills app that stabilized the iOS Live Photos and also crafted them into GIF’s and movies. With the Google Photos 2.0, the ability to stabilize Live photos is now blended into the app.



Motion Stills lets you fiddle with Live photos and lets you freeze the background and also create short videos with a cinematic pan. Unlike iOS Google Photos lets you export the Live Photos and also share it with folks who don’t use iPhone (or iOS). However, Google Photos 2.0 is not all about the Live Photos editor and it also heralds with a bunch of other new features including an easier way to share the videos on the YouTube app and also improvements on the performance front.

The Motion Still uses an advanced algorithm that uses linear programming to create GIF animations by stitching the GIF animations fetched from the photo bursts. The algorithm computes the virtual camera path and further optimizes the same to recast the videos and bursts which appears as if it has been shot using a professional stabilization equipment.

The update will now also let you sort the photos in albums chronologically and also lets you choose a new thumbnail for faces in People. Google reassuringly adds that this feature is also coming to Android soon. The Google Photos 2.0 update is already up on the app store and can be downloaded.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.