Google Brings Roving Text Effects to Apple's Live Photos in 'Motion Stills' App Update

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    Google has released an update to its Motion Stills app that lets users create moving text effects for inclusion in their videos.

    Motion Stills is designed to create unique GIFs from Live Photo images captured with the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. The app was released earlier this year and its main features were subsequently integrated into Google Photos for iOS.

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    The update means that users can add motion-tracked text overlays to their high-resolution videos and fun gifs, as described and demonstrated in the company's research blog post.
    The update also brings Google's RAISR machine learning technology to the app to create super-resolution detail in images, adds 3D Touch support to the interface, and introduces fully automatic cinemagraphs - looping moving images in which the foreground subject moves while the background remains static.

    Google's updated Motion Stills app for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct link]



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    Apple needs to pay attention to this. Google just made a gimmicky feature a little less gimmicky.
     
  4. WBRacing macrumors 65816

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    I wonder in Apple HQ, what goes on.

    Do Apple think such developments are beneath them, are unwanted, or do they simply not have the resources available?

    It just seems like yet another kind of thing I would expect them to be implementing, not their rivals, as seems to be more the norm.
     
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    No. Apples philosophy is you share with Apple people and all is well. Google made it into a standard you can share with others. You can enjoy both. I do!
     
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    It'd be nice if they gave two sh*ts about keeping Hangouts up to date. All the potential of Whatsapp and they're just too busy with their other 5(or however many) chat apps :oops:
     
  7. WBRacing macrumors 65816

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    Hangouts is truly awful. High in bandwidth and cpu consumption, low in quality. Facetime wipes the floor with it for 1:1 conversations.
     
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    For a lot of people, Facetime has one glaring deficiency. Platform locked. It's a decent feature no doubt, but limited in widespread usefulness.
     
  10. gaanee macrumors 65816

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    Google and Microsoft, both are developing useful apps on the iOS platform especially using machine learning, while Apple seems to be doing only incremental updates in terms of exploring the full potential of integrating machine learning into apps. iPhone does add new hardware features but it's Google and Microsoft who make full use of these features with their apps - Google Motion Stills, Microsoft Pix...
    Looks like Apple is getting into the same phase of being complacent as what happened to Microsoft with Windows XP,
    having customers already locked into their ecosystem, now showing very little incentive for further developing their software to compete with Google and Microsoft.
     
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    Yeah, I did start to allude to that in my reply then deleted it out. You're bang on though.
     
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    There are millions of people looking to jump off Apple's ship. If Hangouts were somehow developed with some killer features causing a mass migration away from iMessage, Apple's stranglehold in the US would be released.


    Hopefully smart people at Google can see this and will make Hangouts top priority.
     
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    I think Google is hoping that Allo is it. So far, it's pretty weak app.
     

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