Google buys iOS video app maker Fly Labs to boost Google Photos

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in iPhone edited November 2015
Google on Friday announced plans to bolster its Google Photos team with the purchase of Fly Labs, developers behind four iOS apps for making quick video edits on the go.




Fly Labs disclosed the purchase on its website, saying current employees will work on the Google Photos team at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., suggesting the Internet giant is looking to bake advanced video editing tools into the cloud-based photo service.

The developer's apps -- Clips, Fly, Tempo and Crop on the Fly -- were relatively popular by iOS App Store standards at more than 3 million collective downloads over the past 18 months. According to Fly Labs, more than 20 million videos were created using its tools.

As with other freemium app titles, the flagship Fly Video Editor came with premium editing tools unlockable through in-app purchases. As part of the acquisition deal, however, Google is making all in-app purchases free for three months, at which point all four apps will be pulled from the iOS App Store.

Google's purchase hints at future video editing integration in its own Google Photos product, a service that uses machine learning and computer vision to more easily organize and collate photos.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    With exploit-ware over-running the Android app business, turning smart phones into bricks, Google should be focusing on important things, like security.

    When every Android phone, from the Samsung high-end phones down to the while-box shit phones all become bricked, the Android buyer may just get smarter and buy an iPhone while they are replacing their phone.
  • Reply 2 of 9
    gwydiongwydion Posts: 1,067member
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    Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post



    With exploit-ware over-running the Android app business, turning smart phones into bricks, Google should be focusing on important things, like security.



    When every Android phone, from the Samsung high-end phones down to the while-box shit phones all become bricked

     

    And when it is supposed to happen this?

  • Reply 3 of 9
    Google will keep buying devs from Apple's own "top ten" App Store lists in their flailing and desperate attempts to remain relevant going forward. Android gives them an increasing number of users and a decreasing share of ad revenue. Their biggest customer base are almost completely dead weight since they do not turn clicks into sales.
  • Reply 4 of 9

    While, I don't blame the developers for selling, especially when Google throws big piles of money their way, I just hate to see good apps that I have paid for and use regularly become Google properties. I can't think of a single app that has gotten better or benefited from being a part of Google. Nik is a prime example. I bought their plugin suite for good money and enjoyed continual improvements and new features. Even loved the Snapseed app for mobile and desktop. Despite the fact that google dropped the price on the plugins the development has crawled to a near halt. Fly made some good apps that I bought just for some specific and easy to use features missing from almost every other app in their category. While I have not spent more than $20 with them I just know that this is probably close to the end of the line for their development and one day the apps will not be supported or exist in some dumbed down version lacking the features that prompted me to buy them to begin with. 

  • Reply 5 of 9
    gwydiongwydion Posts: 1,067member
    Google will keep buying devs from Apple's own "top ten" App Store lists in their flailing and desperate attempts to remain relevant going forward. Android gives them an increasing number of users and a decreasing share of ad revenue. Their biggest customer base are almost completely dead weight since they do not turn clicks into sales.

    Any source for that decreasing share of revenue?
  • Reply 6 of 9
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
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    Any source for that decreasing share of revenue?

     

    It;s time to fracking learn to use Google, I'm ignoring your posts from now on.

  • Reply 7 of 9
    gwydiongwydion Posts: 1,067member
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    It;s time to fracking learn to use Google, I'm ignoring your posts from now on.


     

    Translation: we don't have any source because it was just made up.

     

    And perhaps is time to fracking learn about logic and how things are demonstrated..

  • Reply 8 of 9
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post



    With exploit-ware over-running the Android app business, turning smart phones into bricks, Google should be focusing on important things, like security.



    When every Android phone, from the Samsung high-end phones down to the while-box shit phones all become bricked

     

    And when it is supposed to happen this?


     

    Read the article yourself.

     

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/11/05/three-new-malware-strains-infect-20k-apps-impossible-to-wipe-only-affect-android

     

    It was only published a few days before your question.

  • Reply 9 of 9
    gwydiongwydion Posts: 1,067member
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    Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post

     

     

    Read the article yourself.

     

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/11/05/three-new-malware-strains-infect-20k-apps-impossible-to-wipe-only-affect-android

     

    It was only published a few days before your question.


     

     

    I have read it, now, I repeat my question. When it will happen? Perhaps you should re read the post or, better, read it in a site like Ars Technica

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