Google Photos New Update brings Live Video Previews

Google Photos application is quite the rage these days. People prefer this app over their own stock gallery app that says something about it. It has been consistent in getting updates and the latest one includes a dark mode for the non-Android Q devices. Google is taking the app’s popularity quite seriously and the next update corroborates this statement. The search giant has added live video previews to the app’s main timeline in the latest update.

Google Photos New Update brings Live Video Previews
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The new update can be seen in the ‘Photos’ feed. The videos are separated from photos with the presence of a small white play icon. The update, version 4.20, can give you a live preview of all the videos in your gallery. In short, the live preview of the video can be played in the form of a thumbnail. It will help you choose whether or not to play the video. Also, when the video in the thumbnail form has finished playing, it will start from the beginning and the loop will go on for a while.

Many of you might be wondering, what part does audio play in the live previews? Well, no, the audio does not play any part and that is actually the best part. Imagine, you are scrolling through hordes of video files and every one of them plays their own audio! If it were the case, it would have been a disturbing UX flaw.

The app update is widely available for Android users on the Google Play Store. Apple users will have to wait for the official update in the Apple Store. The same feature is available on the Google Photos’ web-app but to see a live preview of a particular video, you will have to hover your cursor on the video to get the little preview.

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