Google Photos is a service that allows you to back up or organize your photos and videos, and this application was announced in May 2015 and released first for the Android platform. Meanwhile, Google has made this service available for iOS and the latest update brings support for Live Photos, a feature that was introduced on the iPhone 6S, in iOS 9, and which allows the users to take a 3-second video consisting of 1.5 seconds before and 1.5 seconds after taking the shot.
By installing the latest version 1.8.0 of Google Photos for iOS, from the iTunes, you will be able to store/view/organize your Live Photos in this application, even if you’ve deleted them from the Camera Roll on your iPhone 6S or 6S Plus. You will upload your Live Photos to Google Photos on iOS and when you’ll hard press in the image (the iPhone 6S supports Force Touch, thanks to the new 3D Touch technology integrated into the display), it will start animating, just like you’d do this from the native Photo Gallery in iOS.
You’ll know which image is not static, as the animated ones will have the “Live Photo” icon at the top of the screen. But when downloading the Live Photo from Google Photos back to the phone, it will no longer be animated. After initial tests, some users concluded that the feature may be retroactive and they noticed that Live Photos that they’ve taken in February appear as Live Photos in the Google Photos app. Google hasn’t given yet a statement referring to these details.
There are other third-party services that added support for Apple’s Live Photos. Besides Google Photos, Tumblr and Facebook are allowing their users to post and share this image format. In the latest update of Google Photos for iOS were introduced two other changes: improved app navigation (so you can spend less time flipping hamburger menus) and reduced cache usage when your device is low on space.
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