Memories in Google Photos get a makeover and get new features

Google Photo Collage Editor
Now you can create scrapbook-inspired collages with your favorite snaps on Google Photos. | Image: Google

Google Photos is redesigning its Memories feature to better display your precious snaps, with new interactions, new memory types, and memory sharing. Some creative updates are also coming in the form of a new collage editor and styles feature to help organize your images.

Starting today, videos are increasingly prominent in the redesigned Memories experience, with Google Photos automatically selecting and trimming longer footage to focus on key moments. Still images will have a subtle zoom effect applied, which is visually different from the full dynamic zoom featured in cinematic photos. A small update is also coming to interactions, adding the ability to swipe up or down to move between memories in addition to the existing left/right tap navigation.

Starting today, multiple stills can be combined into a “Complete Cinematic Memory” that combines the dynamic 3D zoom of cinematic photos with instrumental music that will now play over your shots. Google says instrumental music will also be added to other Memories as a separate feature starting next month.

A new collage editor is also rolling out today for Android and iOS users that lets you edit and drag and drop photos into a layout of your choice to share with friends. Google One members and Pixel users will get additional editing features like Portrait Light and HDR. A new “Styles” feature inspired by scrapbooks will also be rolling out later today and will automatically apply graphic art to your memories “to make them stand out”, according to Google.

Google Collage Editor
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The new collage editor lets you drag and drop your snaps into a fun scrapbook-inspired layout.

Another notable change means friends and family will now be able to access shared memories from Google Photos on any device. This feature is available to Android users starting today, with iOS and web support “coming soon”.

Full details of all updates and new features can be found on the Google blog.

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