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Google is a stablizing force in photography.
The Google Photos app is now equipped with advanced stabilization and rendering features that were first implemented in Google’s Motion Stills app, designed to create Live Photos. The technology allows the app to freeze the background in Live Photos and better capture and process sweeping movements.
The stabilization is accomplished through algorithms trained to compute a virtual camera path. The algorithms, which were fed hundreds of millions of images to learn how to achieve its task, then recast videos and short bursts of photos as if they were filmed using stabilization equipment.
Google also address the fact that Live Photos remain difficult to share with any non-iOS device by turning the moving images into .MOV files saved to the device’s camera roll. From there, the file can easily be transferred to another platform, including Android, which doesn’t have a Live Photos equivalent yet.
The update also adds a function that is a little less flashy but still welcome: the ability to sort photos in albums chronologically or by most recently added. Google said the feature is live on the web version of Google Photos as well, and will arrive for Android soon.
AJ Dellinger is a seasoned technology writer whose work has appeared in Digital Trends, International Business Times, and Newsweek. In 2018, he joined Gizmodo as the nights and weekend editor.