Google has acquired Fly Labs, a popular iOS app company who specializes in photo and video editing. The purchase bolsters Google’s user media editing tools and will hopefully bring better tools for users in the very near future. Everyone loves photos and they love taking photos on their smartphone. Google’s investments into Snapseed and their own Nik collection shows the company sees the value in users wanting powerful media editing abilities without the steep learning curve. The purchase of Fly Labs will continue to solidify Google as one of the better mobile and online sources for photo and video editing.
We’re excited to continue on our mission by joining Google and the Google Photos team in Mountain View, California. Google Photos is a home for your life’s memories, powered by Google’s machine learning and computer vision technology. It’s a perfect match for what we built at Fly Labs, and we’re looking forward to folding our technology into Google Photos. We’ll be pouring the same passion into Google Photos that we poured into Clips, Fly, Tempo and Crop on the Fly.
The Fly Labs apps on iOS are still available for download and they are now completely free, but the Fly Labs team will no longer support the iOS apps and they will be removed in three months. Fly Labs will be concentrating on making Google Photos a better experience for Google users by merging their technology into Google’s existing technology. No word on if there might be a stand alone Fly Labs app or if the Google Photos app will morph into a hybrid of what it is now with added functionality from the current Fly Labs iOS app.
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