Google Photos gets stronger with acquisition of Fly Labs

8 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Acquires Fly Labs To Join Its Google Photos Team.

Google on Friday announced that it has acquired Fly Labs, a video and photo editing company whose suite of editing applications had proven quite popular, with three million downloads over the past year-and-a-half. Fly Labs announced the move on its website, saying that it’ll be “pouring the same passion into Google Photos that we poured into [its apps] Clips, Fly, Tempo, and Crop on the Fly.” In honor of this announcement, Fly Labs revealed that all of its apps will now be “completely free with no in-app purchases” and will be available in the App Store for the next three months. There are so many options out there, and if you’re not hip to it, I’d like to offer Google Photos as the easiest way to share videos and photos on a one-to-one basis–Google Photos.

With the acquisition, the tech giant will be leveraging Fly Labs’ Tempo, Fly, and Crop apps for Google Photos, though there will be no more updates in the three months the suite of apps will remain available. Apps developed by Fly Labs include Crop, an app that helps to turn vertical videos into horizontal clips by letting users to decide which parts to discard, and Clips, a simple editor that helps to weave smaller clips into a consistent video. Terms of the acquisition have yet to be made available. “We’re excited to announce that Fly Labs has been acquired by Google!,” the company said in a statement yesterday. “Our mission at Fly Labs has always been simple: to help people make the most of their photos and videos. The addition of Fly Labs’ technology will boost Google Photos, giving it a more robust media-editing capability to help in its rivalry with Instagram and other photo-sharing services.

We make video editing apps because we believe that there’s no better way to stay connected with your memories than by engaging with them creatively. Its chief executive Tim Novikoff sought to create an easy way for content creators to easily apply filters for video in a way that generates clips and makes videos more shareable. It’s intriguing to think how the same technology could be applied to video, possibly enabling users to find clips that show a person just for a second or two without ever needing to label the footage. In fact, I grabbed one of my Google Photos stored photos, which had its resolution lowered, and submitted it for printing to the online photo site Shutterfly–as a 20×30.

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