Google Photos is reportedly testing a new feature called Snippets. The feature is currently only available to a handful of users, and Google has yet to share any information about the feature or a wider rollout. Fortunately, users who have received the Snippets feature on their devices reveal that it automatically creates short, shareable clips from longer videos.
First spotted by Reddit user u/CraftSquid426 (via android font), the Snippets feature in Google Photos appears to be a new creative category that will join the existing Animations, Collages, Movies, and Cinematics photo categories. Its icon is a short filmstrip, suggesting that it will take a small section of a video on your phone to create a short shareable clip. Like other Google Photos creation features, Snippets will likely use machine learning to create the short clips.
android font further reveals that the Photos app will also display snippets in the main carousel on the homepage. These auto-created snippets appear to be cut versions of longer videos trying to highlight the best part of the video. However, the snippets currently appear to capture a random portion of the video, suggesting that the machine learning algorithm needs more training. It’s also worth mentioning that the Snippets feature has so far only been spotted on pet videos.
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At this time, we don’t have any further information on the new Google Photos Snippets feature, as it is not available on any of our devices. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we have more details.
It’s worth noting that the new Snippets feature comes just a week after Google announced three major changes coming to the Photos app: a UI overhaul for the Library tab, a design refresh for the Sharing tab and new screenshot features.
What do you think of the new Snippets feature in Google Photos? Do you think it’s a useful addition or just a gimmick you’re unlikely to use? Let us know in the comments section below.
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