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Hands-on: Google's Motion Stills app makes Live Photos better and easier to share

Derek Walter | June 9, 2016
Transform those moving pictures into GIFs or movies that you can use to dazzle others with your adorable children and pets.

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The beauty of this app is it finally allows you to easily share a Live Photo as a GIF to social networks or cloud storage.

This launches the standard iOS share sheet, so you can use AirDrop to send it to another device, or post it right to Facebook, iMessage, iCloud Photo Sharing, or your favorite cloud service. Yes, Google has essentially created the best method to share a GIF from your own Live Photo collection.

Snap together your own movies

You can also use the Live Photos in your gallery to quickly throw together a brief movie. To do this, just swipe right on an image and it will be added to a small film strip at the bottom of the screen.

Once you’ve collected enough of these, then press the Play button to see your cinematic feature. If you like what you’ve created, you can share through the normal channel or (of course) send it to Google’s YouTube service.

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Piece together your masterpiece and then share it to others or on YouTube.

The movie feature is only useful if you have a lot of images that you took in succession and would benefit from being strung together into a larger narrative. For example, if you went crazy with the shutter while your darling was kicking the winning goal or hitting the game-winning home run at Little League, you may have the ultimate digital memory of the experience.

Google has crafted an excellent solution to unshackling Live Photos—this app shows what Apple needs to do to take the feature up a notch. And it can’t be a coincidence that Google chose to release this new app just days before Apple reveals its own plans for iOS 10 at the WWDC keynote on June 13. Your move, Apple.


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