Your Memories will be transformed as a result of the Google Photos update

Your Memories will be transformed as a result of the Google Photos update ...

Memories on Google Photos will be being offered a wide range of cinematic-like tweaks that Google calls the greatest enhancement since the [feature''s] release.

Memories can be considered as the answer to Snapchat Stories by Google; short videos made from pictures on your Photos account, although they don''t disappear. For the update, the focus is on increasing the number of users by providing them with appropriate editing capabilities to create more dynamic photographs. There''s also a need for editing videos and visual effects to make them appear. Google will also make user creations more straightforward to share with friends and family without having to visit the Settings menu.

Given the fact that Memories is one of Google Photos'' most popular features (by the company''s own admission) and that its last significant update has been over a year (opens in a new tab), these changes have been overdue.

Slight redesign

The first batch of changes comes from Google readjusting how certain functions perform in Memories. Photos will automatically select and trim snippets from uploaded files, as well as a subtle zoom in to make static images feel more dynamic. In October, Google will add instrumental music to some Memories. Apart from a lighthearted whistling tune and an ambient melody in the preview videos.

The next generation of cinematic pictures that will be released in 2020 (opens in a new tab) will include several still images to create a fake video of sorts that isn''t just a dramatic zoom-in. The 2020 version was more of a subtle zoom-in, but now its more powerful.

Graphical flourishes

The new Styles feature will allow graphic art to be created at the start of Memories, injecting a colourful flourish to photographs. Some of the designs were created by Shantell Martin (opens in new tab) and Lisa Congdon (opens in new tab), although they will only be available for a limited period.

As a new Share icon becomes visible in the roll, the user must tap the icon and select the recipient to send them. This change will first be made for Android devices before it will be released on iOS and web browsers soon.

The final change is a new collage editing tool where you can drag and drop your favorite images. Some of the collage designs were also created by Shantell Martin and Lisa Congdon. The editor also has access to several methods to adjust image brightness or apply filters. Pixel owners and Google One members will have access to exclusive features such as the ability to add Portrait Light and HDR to collages, as well as 30 unique designs.

The collage editor will be available on both Android and iOS devices, but it does not appear that Google Photos'' web browser version will get this. We asked Google for clarification on this front. If we hear back, please update this story.