Google is on a launching spree. Just recently, the search giant made exclusive AR stickers available for use. The company has now introduced a range of photography applications for Android users. The company announced three new photography applications including Storyboard, Selfissimo, and Scrubbies. While Storyboard can function only on Android platforms, Selfissimo and Scrubbies can work on both, IOS and Android platforms. Google has launched the three photography applications as a part of their new “Appsperiment” program.
The company’s “Appsperiment” program is inspired by the Motion Stills apps. According to a report by The Verge, the Motion Stills app program was introduced back in 2016. The main objective of the program was to make use of technologies developed by Google and transform them into different applications. The trio photography apps i.e. Selfissimo, Scrubbies, and Storyboard function in a similar manner at Motion Stills apps. These three apps are allocated their own rights and are created upon “experimental technology,” as Google describes it. The company is currently still in the development stage as far as the “experimental technology” is concerned. Therefore, they are continuously introducing newer products for the same. The Verge goes on to point out how Google’s “Appsperiment” program is pretty identical to Microsoft’s Garage program. However, developers at the Redmond firm have created the program at a much smaller scale in comparison to Google.
As far as the applications are concerned, Google’s Storyboard platform is designed in a manner to record videos. The Storyboard application comes with a special feature that automatically pulls out six frames and filters it into a comic book-style template to the users. Individuals are also provided with the option of refreshing the app in order to apply newer layouts and frames. Google has gone on to claim that there are roughly 1.6 trillion combinations to choose from. The next application, which is called Selfissimo, is designed to capture objects in a special black and white photo booth-like setting. Individuals are required to tap on the screen when they wish to start the recording. The app will subsequently capture an image as soon as it detects the subject in the frame as posing. The primary highlight of the app is that it automatically captures images as soon as it identifies the subject as posing. Finally, coming to the Scrubbies app, which is exclusively built for IOS platforms. This application is based on a software that is designed to develop video loops. Individuals can influence the speed and direction of these video loops with their favorite remixes.
As noted by Engadget, it is difficult for one to understand any one particular use of these applications by Google. These apps definitely come with novelty features, however, are they enough to attract widespread attention? If Google’s primary objective is to experiment then there is no denying that the search giant is headed towards the right direction. Google has begun requesting users to provide their feedback on how they can improve the experience and what else they would like to see in their applications. The firm is going to make use of the feedback and implement changes accordingly. It is being predicted that Google will eventually end up introducing newer “experiment-based” apps in the market. Which of these apps will actually end up making the official cut, is something only time will tell.
The search giant, as mentioned previously, even introduced AR stickers of ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Stranger Things.’ These stickers are currently only available for Pixel and Pixel XL 2 smartphones.