Google last year launched an iOS app called Motion Stills, which stabilizes Live Photos and turns them into looping GIFs that are shareable via SMS and social media. Now, the Web giant is bringing the app to Android users as well.
"The community has been asking us to also make Motion Stills available for Android," Google Research Software Engineers Karthik Raveendran and Suril Shah wrote in a Thursday blog post. "We listened to your feedback and today, we're excited to announce that we're bringing this technology, and more, to devices running Android 5.1 and later!"
To bring Motion Stills to Android, Google's engineers built a "new recording experience," which transforms everything you capture into short clips. Like Apple's Live Photos, you can capture a "Motion Still" on Android with a single tap, just as if you were shooting a normal photo.
The Android app also lets you condense longer videos with a feature called Fast Forward. This works with videos up to a minute long, and you can change the speed of the playback from 1x to 8x.
"In addition to stabilizing your recordings, Motion Stills on Android comes with an improved trimming algorithm that guards against pocket shots and accidental camera shakes," Raveendran and Shah wrote. "All of this is done during capture on your Android device, no internet connection required!"
The Android app uses a new streaming approach, processing each frame of video as it's recorded. This approach puts less of a strain on your phone's mobile hardware and battery, and allows for quicker results. You won't have to wait for the app to process your GIF — it will "display your Motion Stills stream immediately," the duo wrote.
In the future, you might see some of these features added to other Google products.
"Motion Stills is an app for us to experiment and iterate quickly with short-form video technology, gathering valuable feedback along the way," they wrote. "The tools our users find most fun and useful may be integrated later on into existing products like Google Photos."
Motion Stills for Android is available for download in the Google Play store.
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