Google Photos has released an important update that adds new ways to share and enjoy the best moments from your photo library.
Advertise in Google Photos BlogThe new update brings Google’s biggest-ever upgrade to Memories. Memories is one of the service’s most popular features, currently receiving more than 3.5 billion views per month according to Google’s own numbers. In addition, an all-new collage editor has been introduced, allowing users to create scrapbook-style collages, complete with a selection of pre-made art styles to choose from.
NEW: More stylish memories with more video
The new-look Memories experience, now rolling out, focuses more on video and will automatically search longer videos for “best snippets” so you can enjoy the most important moments without having to watch an entire recording.
Photo Memories also get a slight visual upgrade with the addition of micro-zoom. Still photos in Memories will now gently zoom in or out based on their content. For example, an image may be enlarged very slowly to focus attention on the subject, while a horizontal image may be scaled down slightly to enhance the feeling of space. Sometimes the zoom effect is barely noticeable, but even that tiny amount of movement makes any transitions between photos and videos smoother.
You can see examples of the zoom effect in the video below.
Google Photos is also upgrading cinematic photos that add more dramatic motion and 3D effects to still photos. Now, in addition to the single cinematic images that pop up from time to time, you’ll also get longer cinematic memories that combine multiple cinematic images into an extended memory with added background music.
The new Styles feature will also add new graphic art and photo backgrounds, giving them a cohesive look and feel in the design. The selection of styles will expand over time, sometimes supplemented with limited edition styles that only remain available for a specified period of time.
In response to popular demand, Android users finally have a new way to share entire memories at once. Previously, clicking the share icon allowed you to select and share individual photos or videos from within Memories, but now it is possible to share entire Memories at once. The feature is also “coming soon” for iOS and web users, according to Google.
New collage editor
Finally, Google has now added an improved photo collage editor, directly to Google Photos, allowing you to create attractive layouts with artistic designs and backgrounds such as poster effects or movie stripes. This means that you will be able to create custom collages without having to switch to a standalone collage app like Picsart or ribbed. As usual, Google One subscribers who pay a fee can access additional editing features and designs.
It’s great to see Google Photos constantly innovating and adding new features, even if some seem to act more as an incentive to pay for a Google One subscription. Unfortunately, several basic features are still missing, such as the inability to select all of the “Liked” photos in the album. Can we get an update on that, please?
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