Google launches three new photography apps for iOS and Android

Google launches three new photography apps for iOS and Android

Kenneth Drake
December 12, 2017

Google has introduced three photography apps which are part of a new series that it has dubbed as photography "appsperiments".

Google has now silently started rolling out a new update to the Google Phone app on Android platform. Exactly like Motion Stills, the trio of the newly launched applications are fully operational software in their own domains but are founded on "experimental technology" that Google intends to develop over time.

"Appsperiments" is a name that hardly rolls off the tongue, but put that to one side for a moment and instead immerse yourself in the smartphone fun offered by Google's latest research project. The Storyboard app then automatically selects the most visually interesting frames, lays them out and applies one of six different visual styles. The Android and iOS app detects when you've stopped moving to capture each new pose, from sultry duck lips to goofy crinkle nose. Unfortunately for iOS users, it's probably the most fun of the three new apps.

The third is called Scrubbies and can both control video and record you controlling the video.

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"For each accessibility capability declared, you must have an accompanying disclosure to describe the app functionality that the Accessibility Service permission is enabling for your app". The app gives you a resulting contact sheet and you can select the images you'd like to save. The three new apps and future ones rely on technologies in development at Google, including object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies.

Another feature that Android Police spotted during its teardown of v15 is pre-call support for dual-SIM handsets. Once the video is complete, swipe it with one finger to play it back. This means that you can create stylish video loops that highlight actions, capture amusing faces, and replay moments; sort of like mixing the video by scratching it sort of like what DJ does to music. "Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it", Google interaction researcher Alex Kauffmann explained in a post.

Storyboard is available for Android via the Play Store.