How can I get Google Pixel 2 phone’s new motion photos on any Android?

Google Pixel 2

Google’s new smartphone Pixel 2 has lots of great features and one of them is new motion photos.  This is very much like Apple’s Live Photos feaure where when you take a snap you get a few seconds of video footage from before and after the shot was taken and that is embedded in the file, which gives you two ways to relive that moment. But if you do not own Google Pixel 2 but still want to have this feature for your photos then no worries as there are several existing apps that can give you this functionality on any device of Android.  All you need is to download these apps from app store and see for yourself. Here are the best three apps that you can use.

Samsung Motion Photo

Samsung Motion Photo

If you have a newer Galaxy device running Android Nougat like the Galaxy S8 or Note 8, Samsung’s stock camera app has a shooting mode that should be practically identical to Google’s new Motion Photos. To try it out, open your camera app, then tap the gear icon in the top-right corner. From there, scroll down and make sure “Motion photo” is enabled.

So  whenever you take a picture, your phone will automatically capture a few seconds of video footage and embed it into the picture file. So open your default Gallery app, then find any picture you took after enabling this setting. When viewing the photo, you’ll see an orange play button in the top-right corner — tap this, then your picture will come to life.

Motion Stills

Motion stills app

Google’s own Motion Stills app works on all Android. This doesn’t create a still photo and attach a video to it, but it likely has more in common with the new Pixel 2 feature than any other method. Using a fancy stabilization algorithm, Motion Stills creates beautiful, looping GIFs that are incredibly easy to share.

Once you download the app on your Android smartphone from Google Play, just open it up, then tap the shutter button towards the bottom of the screen. This will automatically capture a 3-second clip, so just hold your phone relatively steady until it’s done.

When it is done, you can scroll down to see your creation. Tapping the image will bring up a set of controls that you can use to tweak the GIF and its looping transition. When you’re happy with the results, just press the forward arrow to share your creation as an MP4 or a GIF.

Camera MX

Camera MX app

Camera MX is also an app that works on any Android device. This works same like as of Apple’s implementation of Live Photos, which itself, is obviously very similar to the new Pixel 2 feature. The best part is, it works on almost any phone, first download this app from Google Play and install Camera MX to begin.

Once you’ve got the app installed, open the camera interface and tap the button with three circles near the top-left corner. From there, select “Live Shot,” then you’ll be prompted to enable the feature. You can tap “Try It” if you just want a quick demo, or you can tap “Unlock,” then provide your Facebook or Google info to unlock the full feature for free. After you have clicked the pictures you can check it out by viewing the image in Camera MX’s built-in gallery. Live Shots will look like still photos at first, but when you long-press them, the attached video will start playing in a loop.  From there, if you tap the share button, you’ll be able to send the image as a still photo or an animated GIF.

So on any Android with these apps will get you the same effects and features for photo shoot with a few seconds of video attached to them without owning a Google Pixel 2 new smartphone.

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