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May 20, 2014

Google+ Movies, Stories Helping Users Keep Memories Alive

Google is going into the business of memories.

The technology titan has added new tools to Google+ to enable users to compile their photos and videos into comprehensive slideshows and scrapbooks.

Dubbed Google+ Stories and Google+ Movies, the tools give users ready-made collections of memories.

Google+ Stories is the perfect tool to document vacations, even day trips, says director of product management Anil Sabharwal in a blog post.

“Enter Google+ Stories, which can automatically weave your photos, videos and the places you visited into a beautiful travelogue,” Sabharwal writes.

“No more sifting through photos for your best shots, racking your brain for the sights you saw, or letting your videos collect virtual dust. We’ll just gift you a story after you get home. This way you can relive your favorite moments, share them with others, and remember why you traveled in the first place.”

Stories is coming this week to Android and the Web and iOS will be released soon after.

To see Google+ Stories in action, check out these photo collections from paraglider Tom de Dorlodot, DJ Steve Aoki and Allrecipes photographer Angela Sackett.

Google+ Movies, meanwhile, can create a “highlight reel” of photos and videos automatically— and this includes effects, transitions and a soundtrack. This tool is meant more for capturing important events like a birthday party, or baby’s first steps, says Sabharwal.

Movies is available via Android, iOS and the Web beginning today.

The clip below is courtesy of Sabharwal, to show Movies in action.

To use Stories and Movies, users have only to back up their photos and videos to Google+.

“And that’s it. Auto Awesome will get to work in the background, and you’ll get notified when a story or movie is ready,” says Sabharwal.

Those with photos already uploaded may have some “stories” waiting for them next time they log on.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.