Google Acquires iOS Video Editing App Maker Fly Labs

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Google has acquired Fly Labs, a New York-based startup specializing in iPhone video editing apps. The Fly Labs team will be contributing to Google Photos going forward, and existing Fly Labs apps will be shut down early next year.

Apps developed by Fly Labs include Crop, an app that helps to turn vertical videos into horizontal clips by letting users to decide which parts to discard, and Clips, a simple editor that helps to weave smaller clips into a consistent video.

Google Photos product lead David Lieb called these apps “the world’s best video editing apps” on Twitter Friday, and suggested that the goal of the acquisition was to strengthen video support within of Google Photos. He added: “Lots to come!”

Google relaunched Google Photos in May by spinning it out of its Google+ social network. Since then, it has been able to attract 100 million monthly active users to the service.

Google Photos promises users unlimited storage for their photos and videos, but a more interesting aspect about the service is how it uses image recognition and machine learning technologies to catalog images. Users can for example search for objects and persons within their photo collection. It’s intriguing to think how the same technology could be applied to video, possibly enabling users to find clips that show a person just for a second or two without ever needing to label the footage.

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