Google is doing some fun things with Google+ and the AutoAwesome feature this holiday season. Google added snow to photos on Google+, as well as lights. Then they brought us the fun of turning our Android smartphones into snow globes. Now they are rolling out a “Year in Review” feature that takes photos and video that you have uploaded to Google+ in 2013 and AutoAwesomes them together into a slide show, complete with music. Google’s Lead Product Manager at Google Photos, Anil Sabharwal, shared his 2013 Year in Review AutoAwesome video with us this afternoon. Sabharwl says “This time of year we reconnect with loved ones, and we reflect on the moments that really matter. Photos and videos help preserve these moments, and when you save them to Google+,#AutoAwesome can bring your story to life in meaningful, magical ways.”
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Vic Gundotra added a few notes on the feature, sharing that your AutoAwesome video can depend “on a lot of factors (the quality of your pictures, if our algorithms believe we can auto create a high quality movie for you, etc).” The videos will be rolling out to users over the next week. Google+ will be making these videos and posting them as they become available.
The other Google+ AutoAwesome features are pretty sweet, too. The snow globe effect is available in the Google+ Android app. Just open a photo and shake your Android device. Snow will start to fall from the sky, even if you’re inside. The lights effect can be found on Google+ and works by checking for lights in your photos. Christmas lights on trees or houses, any photo with lights in it may begin to twinkle automatically.
The snow and light AutoAwesome Easter eggs add some extra holiday cheer to your photos, and you don’t have to do anything extra to make it happen. That’s been the fun part for us. We check our uploaded G+ photos every few days and find twinkling lights on our Christmas tree and snow falling on our kids’ heads. Now we may get a Year in Review video, all courtesy of Google and AutoAwesome.