Google Updates Motion Stills iOS App with Support for Floating Texts

December 17, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google’s Motion Still app for iOS was launched with one purpose; to flaunt its machine learning capabilities by pairing up with Live Photos in iPhones and iPads. Now, it’s further upping the features embedded in the app by rolling out a new update.

With the latest version, the Motion Stills app will now be able to add moving texts inside the Live Photos captured through iOS devices. Those are not just moving text that flows in the image on the basis of a pre-designed path. Instead, Motion Stills makes use of its machine learning capabilities to let the text follow any moving object in the image.


A demonstration of this was carried by Google by portraying the image of a bird in flight, and moving along with the bird was the text that read ‘Good Flying’. It looks impressive, and it’s just one case of how the ‘flying texts’ can be put to use in Live Photos. Users can also use stickers and emojis, which can look slick if paired rightly with face images.

Apart from this, the new update also brings cinemagraphs feature that makes looping GIFs void of any flaws. By freezing the background and letting objects in the foreground continue its motion, Google Motion Still manages to produce GIFs that appears to be perfectly looped. Users will barely have a clue of where the loop starts. This comes along with stabilization features that vastly improve the final output.

Unfortunately, the app is still available only for iOS devices, and there is no info on whether it will arrive on Android devices.

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