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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Google+ Gets Editing features For photos And Video
Google today announced a new photography features at an event is San Francisco, including improved searching through photos and editing tools.
Google says that the improvements to Google+ Hangouts and Photos aim to take a lot of the work out of messaging, video calling and photo editing.
Hangouts enable conversations among close friends, as well as broadcasts with the entire world. With the updates, Hangouts for Android now supports location sharing and SMS. This way you can send a map of your current location (vs. finding and typing an address), and you can send and receive SMS (vs. switching between apps). Animated GIFs also play inline.
Broadcasters can also now schedule Hangouts On Air, then promote them with a dedicated watch page. Once they're live, Control Room lets them moderate the conversation with eject and remote mute. The On Air improvements will roll out over the next few weeks.
In both cases, video calling has been also improved. It's now full screen across mobile and desktop, and it fixes and enhances webcam lighting automatically.
The Android app and video calling features will be available in a few days, Google said.
Regarding photos and videos on Google+, full size backups and background sync are coming soon to Google+ for iOS. In addition, finding photos gets easier. Google+ will recognize over a thousand different objects - from sunsets to snowmen - so you can just type what you?re looking for, and find matching items in your library.
In addition, an Auto Enhance feature improves each photo you add to Google+, and now you can now dial the enhancements up or down.
If you like to edit on the go, then you?ll enjoy Snapseed and its new HDR Scape filter. While high dynamic range (HDR) imaging requires multiple photos to create its effect, HDR Scape can deliver similar results with a single tap.
Google is also adding Analog Efex Pro to the Nik Collection ($149). With it you can reimagine your images using classic cameras and processing methods?from toy and medium format to wet plate and vintage.
Auto Awesome can help bring your story to life in creative ways. Now Google is adding three new techniques: Action, Eraser and Movie.
Action can take photos andcreate a strobe-effect photograph.
When you?re taking pictures of landmarks, people and cars often get in the way. Eraser can take a sequence of these photos, and erase whatever?s moving.
Movie produces highlight reels from your photos and videos?complete with effects, transitions and a soundtrack.
All of today?s photo and video improvements will be available this week. Auto Awesome Movie works on certain devices with Android 4.3+, but all the other app features are widely supported.
According to Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of social at the Mountain View search giant, Google+ active users now total 540 million, including 300 million for the core social experience. Users are uploading 1.5 billion photos each week, Gundotra said.