Sony Digital Network Applications (Sony DNA) today announced Motiongraph – an app that aims to make the creation of cinemagraphs fast and easy for Android users. A cinemagraph, for those who don't know, is a still image with one or two minor elements animated (you can see some great examples here). They're a fascinating medium that can only be achieved digitally, and which have an eerie yet fascinating aesthetic.

Sony's app looks to give users more consistent and controlled results with a simple "rubbing" interface in which areas to be animated are identified by simply highlighting them with your finger.

The app also has built in "loop motion detection" to automatically find areas of interest and their loop patterns. Of course many of you are by now thinking "doesn't Cinemagram do this?" and you're right – Cinemagram, a hugely popular app on iOS, has provided creation and sharing options for cinemagraph enthusiasts for some time now, and its developer confirmed in April that the app would be making its way to Android at some point in the future. The rub, of course, is that we have no idea when that time will come, and Sony's app is here now.

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If you love cinemagraphs, have $0.99 to burn, and don't feel like waiting around for an official Cinemagram app, just hit the widget below to start creating awesome photo gifs.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Looks rather cool! ^__^

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  • http://twitter.com/Szondikapitany Ádám

    Not available in Hungary....well if my dollar stinks...

  • Jeff Munson

    Cool app for sure, but as usual Sony isn't satisfied with charging you for the app. The EULA states that they can grab any images and use them for their own purposes. Probably won't bother most, but just fair warning. Refunded.

    • Royal2000H

      I wasn't sure whether the app was worth the $1. Now I'm sure the app isn't even worth free. Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://twitter.com/Bluewall Bluewall

    Wow, what's that yellow weird UI ? oO

  • Rammstone

    What phones does this app actually work with?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
      • http://www.facebook.com/suhas.vemuri Suhas Vemuri

        Show off!! yeah i'm jealous!!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Heh, I don't have or use a lot of those anymore but it comes in handy to check out compatibility in apps.

  • http://twitter.com/alexeiw123 Alexei Watson

    not in australia. good work sony

    • Njakr

      Apparently South African money isn't good enough either.

      • http://twitter.com/alexeiw123 Alexei Watson

        I grabbed market enabler, faked t-mobile and bought the app.

  • moreonr

    I cannot find it anywhere on the android market...