Google introduced Motion Photos with the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL last year. The feature enables the camera to take small bursts of videos, before and after clicking the shot, in order to give more context to pictures. It’s Google’s equivalent feature to Apple’s Live Photos. Initially, Motion Photos was only available on the Pixel smartphones, but since then Google has not only introduced a standalone app for it, but also added the ability to turn them into GIFs. But now it looks like the company is questioning the relevance of the feature.
Yesterday, Google was found taking a survey on its Pixel user community, asking users to give a feedback on Motion Photos. The survey was only available for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users. Through the survey, Google wants to know, how frequently the feature is being used and at what setting. People are categorized into three groups, those who always use the feature, those who do not use the feature, and those who are unaware of it.
Participants who do not use Motion Photos are further asked a follow-up question, in order to understand the reason behind it. There are about seven options here that include, I’m worried about phone storage, I don’t like seeing movement in my photos, worried about capturing something private, photo quality is reduced, and they are difficult/confusing to share. The options are diverse enough for Google to understand if storage is an issue or the feature in fact does not add any value.
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There is a good chance that the results of this survey will help Google shape up camera features on the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. Based on recent rumors, the upcoming Pixel phones might be featuring dual selfie cameras, while still having a single camera at the rear. Leaks have also suggested that the phones could feature an edge-to-edge display, and a notch on the Pixel 3 XL. Google plans on the launching the two phones in October.