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29 October 2013

In Google+ Hangouts and Photos: save some time, share your story, Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra described the Google+ improvements to its photo and video services showcased at today's October event in San Francisco.

Google posted a video of today's event, which was also live streamed:

Photo improvements to the social networking site include:

  • Full-size backups and background sync on Google+ for iOS so you can backup your photos as you take them
  • Improved image search that can recognize over a thousand different objects -- from sunsets to snowmen
  • Adjustable Auto Enhance to improve photos added to Google+ (but you can also exempt an album entirely if you've already edited the images)
  • Snapseed adds a new HDR Scape filter, a single-image HDR effect
  • Analog Efex Pro added to the $149 Nik Collection to edit images using classic cameras and processing methods from toy and medium format to wet plate and vintage.

In addition, Google+'s Auto Awesome adds three new techniques:

  • Action creates a strobe-effect photograph
  • Eraser can remove moving objects (like pedestrians) from a sequence of images of a landmark
  • Movie produces highlight reels from your photos and videos—complete with effects, transitions and a soundtrack—automatically

Gundotra said all of the improvments will be available this week. Auto Awesome Movie requires Android 4.3+ (including the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and HTC One) but the other apps are not so picky.

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