Google is making some changes to the . Until now, these auto-generated highlights have been private, but Google is adding some sharing options. Starting today, you’ll have a way to natively share memories with others if you have an Android device. Your friends and family will be able to see your memories on any device through Google Photos. Sharing is coming to iOS and the web soon.
The update is part of broader changes to Memories, most of which will be available starting today. The redesigned feature will serve up more videos, including what Google thinks are your best clips from longer videos it’s captured. Photos will automatically take what seem to be the most significant moments from longer videos and add them to a memory. Starting in October, Google will also add instrumental music to some memories.
he says there will be a subtle zoom effect on the still photos he includes in the memories to make them feel less static. In that sense, there is a new type of memory called Cinematographic Memories. This will be based on cinematic photos, one of the most used effects in Memories, which creates moving 3D representations of still images. Google says that Cinematic Memories, which will be available soon, will turn “multiple still photos into an end-to-end cinematic experience.” Those memories will also feature music.
When it comes to viewing your memories, there will be a welcome new way to navigate through them. In addition to tapping to the left or right of the screen to move between photos in an individual memory, you can switch between memories by swiping up or down. You’ll still be able to skip certain people or time periods from appearing in Memories as well.
Elsewhere, there’s a new feature called Styles. This will automatically add graphic art to your memories to perhaps make them more vibrant. Google will offer multiple designs from the start, including limited-time options from artists Shantell Martin and Lisa Congdon.
Starting today, Photos users on Android and iOS will get access to a new collage editor. You will be able to choose images, choose a layout, and rearrange the layout as you like. There is also the option to modify photos from the collage editor: you can adjust the contrast and brightness, add filters and make other changes. If you have a Pixel or Google One membership, you’ll have access to more editing tools, including Light Portrait and HDR options. You will also have a wider selection of designs. These collages will also be shareable.
Google says that Memories is one of the most loved features in Photos, with users viewing more than 3.5 billion of them each month. These updates could make it even easier to create more dynamic highlight clips. While sharing options are still limited, you’ll still be able to record a memory with your phone and post it to Instagram or Snapchat if you like.
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