Google improved the way we store and search through our image library with the Photos app it launched last year. Now, the company wants to make the Live Photos we shoot on our iPhones more polished and smooth.
The Mountain View, Calif. company on Tuesday unveiled a new iPhone app called Motion Stills, which stabilizes the background in Live Photos as well as looping them to create animated GIFs. Users can also edit multiple clips together within the app.
The GIF below was created using Motion Stills. The app was able to remove the wobbly motion that occurred as I moved the camera to set up the shot, making it easier to focus on the movement within the scene.
Live Photos, which is available on the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE, captures the moments before and after the shutter button has been pressed when taking a still photo. The resulting image moves just slightly enough to show elements like a change in facial expression or a ripple moving through a body of water.
This is the second iPhone-only app Google has released in the past month. In early May, Google released an app called Gboard for iOS that bakes its search engine directly into the iPhone’s keyboard.