Google releases a trio of experimental camera apps

12 December, 2017, 17:25 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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The apps, which are available on the iOS App Store and Google Play, give Google a way to test out more experimental features to see how users respond, the company explains in an announcement on its Google Research blog. These apps are created to take the potential of mobile photography to greater heights using the latest technology available in smartphones, and the new apps are described as "usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology". These are small apps that perform a basic function using experimental technology, much like Motion Stills. 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. It clicks black and white photos each time you pose and the app also encourages you to change your pose when you stop moving.

Exclusive to Android is Storyboard, an Appsperiment that selects six frames from a single video and arranges them into a comicbook-style strip before applying certain saturation and brightness settings to each frame. It even display encouraging messages, telling you how well you are doing. Tap the screen to start a photo shoot.

Last up is the iOS-only Scrubbies, which lets you scratch your video like a DJ's turntable to get the desired effect.


Google advises that Android device users should always update their Phone app to the latest version. After the shots are done, you can choose to save individual images or the entire set of images.

Scrubbies (Only for iOS) lets you easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce delightful video loops that highlight actions, capture amusing faces, and replay moments. The apps, Storyboard (Android only), Selfissimo! Users can easily manipulate the speed and direction of a video playback to make video loops that highlight actions, capture amusing faces, and replay moments. It produces video loops highlighting the actions. Performing the same scrubbing operation with two fingers captures playback for saving or sharing.

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