As an Android user, you are forgiven for not knowing who or what Fly Labs is. The company's video editing suite of applications is only available on iOS so your exposure to its products may have been non-existent. But you're about to hear more about Fly Labs or at least its products' features since it has just been acquired by Google.
The company announced the acquisition on its site and Google Photos' product lead David Lieb reiterated the news, dubbing Fly Labs as the "creators of the world's best video editing apps." I don't know about the world's best, but Fly Labs has some very interesting products under its name. Clips puts fragments of videos together, reorders them, and tags music or voice recordings on top of them. Tempo edits slow-motion, fast-forwarded clips, and time-lapse videos. Fly uses gestures to edit videos, apply cuts and transitions, integrate picture-in-picture, or split the screen. And finally Crop lets you "cure" vertical videos by choosing the appropriate landscape frame at any given point.
These apps have been downloaded over 3 million times on iOS and have been used to create over 20 million videos. With Google's acquisition (the financial details of which haven't been disclosed), the apps will be made free for everyone and will remain available on the App Store for 3 months but without updates, after which they will be removed. Fly Labs will be focusing on integrating its team within the Google Photos one and folding its technologies into Google Photos. That should bring a much needed push to the video editing capabilities of Photos.
- Fly Labs