Google releases new photography apps for iOS and Android

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Google has announced the launch of three new free photography apps.

Google is calling the apps “appsperiments” and say they offer a peek into the future of smartphone photography.

The new apps use technology such as object recognition, stylization algorithms, person segmentation and more efficient mage encoding and decoding.

“Today, we’re launching the first installment of a series of photography appsperiments: usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology”, Alex Kauffmann, Interaction Researcher, Google Research said in a blog post.

Google’s explanation of each of the new apps are as follows:

Storyboard (Android) transforms your videos into single-page comic layouts, entirely on device. Simply shoot a video and load it in Storyboard. The app automatically selects interesting video frames, lays them out, and applies one of six visual styles. Save the comic or pull down to refresh and instantly produce a new one. There are approximately 1.6 trillion different possibilities!

Selfissimo! (iOS, Android) is an automated selfie photographer that snaps a stylish black and white photo each time you pose. Tap the screen to start a photo shoot. The app encourages you to pose and captures a photo whenever you stop moving. Tap the screen to end the session and review the resulting contact sheet, saving individual images or the entire shoot.

Scrubbies (iOS) lets you easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce delightful video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and replay moments. Shoot a video in the app and then remix it by scratching it like a DJ. Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it.

Jonathan Fairfield
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK's leading watch and horology websites.
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