In an official blogpost , Google+ announced the launch of Google+ Stories and Movies – a feature that automatically curates your photographs and videos into a travelogue. The feature is available on the Google+ website under Photos, More and then Stories. The Android and iOS versions are slated to follow soon.
Anil Sabharwal, Director of Product Management for Google+, said that this feature will help the users relive their best and favourite moments of a vacation or at-home adventure, by sifting through the entire stock, leaving aside blurry and duplicate images, and weaving it into a beautiful story.
Within 24 hours of the users return from a vacation, they will get a notification that their ‘story’ is ready. Google+ will also caption the cities, places, hotels, restaurants, airports pulled out of travel maps. Users can then customise the story and share it across other platforms, while the default setting remains ’private.’
It is said that the new features added are set to rival social networking site Facebook. In October last year, Google+ had 300 million “in-stream” or active users, people who check out their Google+ feed, and that people uploaded 1.5 billion photos per week. Facebook claims more than four times the users, at 1.2 billion.
Google+ Movies, on the other hand, creates a highlight reel of the video clips, related photos and also incorporates a soundtrack, special effects, and transitions.
The Stories and Movies features are an expansion of year-old Google+ automation tools that launched at Google I/O 2013, including an “auto enhance” feature to automatically correct photographic flaws, “auto highlight” to remove bad photos from view, and “auto awesome” to create animated GIFs on the fly.
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