Google Photos is expected to receive an update that will give users access to a range of creative tools, including a built-in collage editor, as well as a revamped Memories feature with brand new cinematic visual effects and music support. The company announced the changes earlier this week. It will be rolled out to users as part of a larger upgrade to Google Photos’ Memories feature, which was first introduced to users in 2019. The search giant also revealed that the Memories feature now exceeds 3.5 million monthly views. has.
The company announced in a blog post that it was revamping its Memories feature, which allows users to look back at their timeline of older photos through a cinematic audiovisual experience, similar to Stories and Memories on Instagram and Facebook. Google Photos memories will now automatically select and crop the best clips using machine learning, the company said.
Google also says that the updated version of the Memories feature will also start using instrumental music. Meanwhile, the service will compile multiple rendered 3D models of still photos with background music in the “Cinematic Photos” visual effect feature.
The still images in Memories will also appear more immersive to users with automatic subtle zoom video effects, according to Google.
Google Photos also adds support for a built-in collage editor called Styles, where users can edit collages via grid layout and even add a background. The company says the Styles feature takes inspiration from old scrapbooks, where graphic art is automatically added to memories in an effort to make them pop.
Users can also easily share Memories, but the company says the sharing feature is currently limited to Android and will be rolling out to iOS and the web soon.
Google One subscribers and Pixel phone users can also use additional editing features such as Portrait Light or HDR in their collages and access over 30 additional designs. The launch will feature temporary styles from renowned artists Shantell Martin and Lisa Congdon.
The company also confirmed that users will continue to have control over hiding photos of certain people or time periods so that they don’t appear in Memories. The latest update will be gradually rolled out to Google users, according to Google.