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Live Photos Comes to Google Photos on iOS

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After being cut off from Google+ and becoming a standalone service, Google Photos has gained huge traction among users. Now, the app that allows you to organize, back up, and search through your photos and videos, has a notable update on iOS.

Both the iPad and the iPhone app now support Live Photos, the photo format released with iOS 9, compatible with the newer iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones.

This means that Google Photos now allows you to view, store, and organize your Live Photos even if you’ve deleted them from your Camera Roll on your iPhone 6s.

After you receive the update, you will be able to Force Touch on the pictures (long press) if you want to see them animate, just like you would do when you view them in the native Photo Gallery on iOS.

The images will also be easily differentiated from your static pictures with a “Live Photo” icon popping up at the top of the screen. One mention: if you download the Live Photo from Google Photos back to your device through iCloud Photo Sharing, the picture will no longer be animated.

However, if you want to still have a playable image in the Apple Photos app, you should save a backed-up Live Photo to the Camera Roll.

Google has confirmed that the new feature is retroactive, something users have suspected after this afternoon’s update. In other words, any Live Photos you’ve taken last month now appear accordingly in Google Photos, lining up with the new format.

No matter how much Google wants to be a pioneer in all it does, Google Photos is not the first third-party service to add support for Apple’s animated image format. Tumblr and Facebook are just two of the social networks that allow users to view, post, and share Live Photos.

The latest update of the Google Photos iOS app brings more than just Live Photos; it also introduces new app navigation, which Google said it will reduce the time it takes “flipping hamburger menus.”

The update, which is readily available on the Apple’s iTunes App Store, also means the app will be more mindful with its cache usage when it detects the iOS device is low on space. Head over to the App Store and then let us know in the comments how you feel about it.
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About Ariana Whitmore

She has been writing columns on consumer gadgets since 2010. Her areas of interests include smartphones, tablets, mobile OS and apps. She holds M.C.S. degree and working on her startup, which aims to solve IT support issues.

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