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Google Photos gets new timeline editor for movies in its web interface

Many of Google's recent products place their focus on mobile, which often comes to the detriment of the desktop experience. Google Photos has been plagued by that problem—after bringing an improved movie editor to Android and iOS, Google left the Photos web client without any editor at all. However, Google just added editing capability to the web interface, bringing its features more in line with those of mobile.

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Google Photos will rename its confusing Assistant tab to 'For you'

One of the many perks of Google Photos is its built-in "Assistant," which suggests photo collages and animations for you, makes movies and albums for your special occasions, and suggests you archive documents and receipts. The feature's name can be confounding though, as Google obviously has another Assistant that does something completely different, but this confusion will soon be fixed.

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(Update: Album sorting live for all) Google Photos rolls out album sorting, Pixel 4 gets video frame exporting

Photos is one of Google's best products. It gives you a searchable, unlimited vault of all of your shots and memories. The company is constantly working on making editing and finding images in it more effortless, and the latest updates further improve these aspects. You can export frames from videos shot on the Pixel 4 as stills starting with version 4.28 of the app, and individual sorting options for albums are currently rolling out to some people.

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Google smart displays finally start showing dates on slideshow photos

You might remember a decade ago when everyone wanted a digital photo frame, but those devices were all junk. In the era of smart displays, we finally have good digital photo frames powered by Google Photos that happen to do a lot of other things, too. The experience is getting a bit better today with the addition of dates in the photo slideshow. However, they only appear on some photos.

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Tip: Tap and hold on images in Google Photos to see associated motion clips

Google Photos users are probably familiar with the app's many hidden gestures. You can pinch two fingers together in the main library to see smaller and more numerous thumbnails, or expand those fingers to enlarge the thumbnails. When viewing a photo, pinching or swiping down will minimize it and return you to the previous screen, while swiping up will reveal its info. Artem recently discovered a Motion Photo-related gesture, and despite it being quite old, we'd never seen it mentioned before and didn't know about it, so here it is.

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Samsung Cloud switches gears from irrelevancy to extinction with some help from Microsoft OneDrive

During Unpacked 2019, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella made a surprise appearance on stage to declare his company's promise to integrate some of its software savvy with Samsung's hardware prowess. Mere months later, one of Samsung's core services, Samsung Cloud, showed its first signs of collapse when its free tier of storage options dropped from 15GB to a measly 5GB. On this Halloween, it appears Samsung is preparing the coffin for its cloud service with Microsoft's OneDrive primed to be its successor.

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Google aware of free original quality HEIC photo backups for iPhones, says it's a 'bug'

After the Pixel 4's announcement, we were surprised to discover it didn't offer free original quality backups on Google Photos like its predecessors. The next day, a Redditor made things even worse for Pixel users by explaining that the new iPhones do get unlimited original quality backups on Photos because they use the HEIC format. We've reached out to Google and got confirmation that this is indeed the case, but it's a "bug" that'll be fixed.

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Pixel 4 doesn't come with free original quality Google Photos storage

Google's hardware event just wrapped up, and to nobody's surprise, its newest Pixel phones are pricey, starting at $799. That price is all the harder to swallow thanks to a new detail: the phones won't come with free original quality photo storage in Google Photos, a feature that's been a selling point of the hardware line since the very first Pixel phone.

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Google Photos adds document cropping extension

Google Photos can do a lot of smart things with your pics. It suggests archiving bills and other paperwork, it applies color pop effects on some of your portrait snaps, and not very long ago, we were told it'd start recommending cropping pics of documents. While the latter is still not very reliable — you never really know when the suggestion will pop up and when it won't — there's now a manual document cropping extension in Photos.

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