New Samsung Galaxy S7 App Enables Motion Photo Sharing

March 30, 2016 - Written By Mihai Matei

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge flaunt numerous improvements over the previous generation in the series, ranging from the inclusion of IP68 water-resistance capabilities to a powerful Dual Pixel autofocus camera accompanied by several new software enhancements within the camera application. Among many others, one of the new camera features introduced with the latest flagships is known as “Motion Photo”, allowing users to create animated photos by recording a short video before and after each Motion Photo is captured. It’s a great addition to the camera suite, but annoyingly enough and as many Samsung Galaxy S7 owners would let you know, Motion Photos cannot be shared and can only be viewed on the smartphone they originate from. Fortunately, a new and free third party application comes to the rescue.

A new application called “Motion Photo Sharer for S7” recently made its way to the Google Play Store, where it is currently available for download for free by Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners. As suggested by the moniker, the application is fairly simple, straightforward, and can be used for extracting and sharing Motion Photos in just a few steps, as seen in the gallery below. The application allows users to share Motion Photos on platforms capable of receiving video content, including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, as well as email and MMS.

As for why Motion Photos are not sharable by default, the reasons are unknown but hopefully Samsung will address this issue through future software updates on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, or at least they should, considering the fact that Apple’s Live Photos (similar to Motion Photos) can be shared between iOS devices through Message, AirDrop, or iCloud Photo, and with non-iOS devices using third party applications. However, for now, Samsung might have to prioritize fixing other software bugs experienced by Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners, including a recently discovered bug that causes instability in Wi-Fi connectivity. Until Motion Photos will become officially shareable (assuming Samsung has any intentions of doing so), “Motion Photo Sharer for S7” should get the job done fairly well.