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Google Photo Collage Editor
You can now create scrapbook-inspired collages using your favorite photos on Google Photos. | Image: Google

Google Photos is redesigning its Memories feature to better display your cherished snaps, with new interactions, memory types, and memory sharing. There are also some creative updates coming in the form of a new collage editor and styles feature to help you manage your images.

Starting today, videos will take center stage within the redesigned Memories experience, with Google Photos automatically selecting and shortening longer footage to focus on key moments. A subtle zoom effect is applied to still images, which is visually different from the full dynamic zoom used on Cinematic Photos. There’s also a minor update coming to interactions, adding the ability to swipe up or down to switch between Reminders, in addition to the existing left/right tap navigation.

Starting today, multiple still images can be combined into a ‘Full Cinematic Memory’ that combines the dynamic 3D zoom of Cinematic photos with instrumental music that now plays over your snaps. Google says instrumental music will also be added to other Memories as a separate feature starting next month.

A new collage editor is also rolling out today for both Android and iOS users that allows you to edit and drag and drop photos into a layout of your choice to share with friends. Google One members and Pixel users get some extra editing features like Portrait Light and HDR. Also rolling out later today is a new “Styles” feature inspired by scrapbooks that will automatically apply graphic art to your memories “to make them pop,” according to Google.

Google Collage Editor
Image: Google
The new collage editor lets you drag and drop your photos into a fun scrapbook-inspired layout.

Another notable change means that friends and family can now access shared memories from Google Photos on any device. This feature is available to Android users starting today, with iOS and web support “coming soon”.

Full details of all updates and new features can be found on the google blog.

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