* New feature lets you stabilize shaky mobile videos
* Automatically creates new video while keeping your original files intact
* Currently only available on Android phones
You may have noticed a few changes to the latest Google Photos update. In addition to (finally) adding AirPlay capability, Google has also secretly rolled out a new video stabilization feature.
The new feature lets users stabilize their rough or shaky mobile movies by using a special motion-capture software. Your original video won’t be overwritten, so there’s no need to worry about losing your original files.
To try Google’s new stabilization feature, make sure you have the latest (2.13) version downloaded. Once the latest version is installed, open one of your videos and tap the pencil icon. From there, tap the new “stabilization” feature at the bottom left. A progress bar will pop up, which for most videos shouldn’t last more than a few seconds. Naturally, longer videos may take longer to fully stabilize.
Now here’s the sad part: for now — at least — Google’s new stabilization feature is currently only available for Android models. While Apple’s iCloud Photo app gives iOS users their own video and image storage, it’s nowhere near the same level in terms of features or overall quality. In fact, Google Photos is easily the best photo storage app available today — regardless of whether you’re an iPhone or Android user.
Google has earned a reputation for baking in an array of fun and helpful features. Unlimited storage? Check. Automatic GIFs? Check. Smart recognition software? Check. With all the great features, there’s no reason not to use it. Here’s hoping it’ll come to iPhone users soon too.