Google+ rolls out movie-making features, claims 300 mln users

Reuters

By Alexei Oreskovic

Oct 29 (Reuters) - Google Inc on Tuesday unveilednew technology that creates polished movies, complete with musicsoundtracks, from collections of home videos and photos thatusers post on its fledgling Google+ social network.

The new features mark Google's latest move to try anddifferentiate its 2-year-old social network from Facebook, theworld's No. 1 online social network with 1.15 billion users.

Google said on Tuesday that 300 million users visit the webpage of its social network every month, up from 190 million "instream" users in May. The company noted that its users upload1.5 billion photos to Google+ every week.

"We want to be more than just a lightweight sharing service.We want to be the archive of your life," Google+ Vice Presidentof Product Management Bradley Horowitz said on the sidelines ofan event in San Francisco to announce the new features.

The world's No. 1 Internet search company has rolled out anumber of photo-centric features for Google+ this year, whichtake advantage of the company's computing horsepower. OnTuesday, it showed a slew of new features that touch upsnapshots with better lighting and focus, and even eraseunwanted bystanders from pictures.

The feature automatically analyzes home videos that userstake on their smartphones and have uploaded to Google+,automatically producing short movies. The technology combinesthe best clips of similar videos, adds music, and mixes inrelated photographs.

Other new features include incorporating SMS text messagesinto Google's messaging service and new location-sharingcapabilities.

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