iPhone 6S users can now update Google Photos to version 1.8.0 to enjoy full support of Apple’s Live Photos feature. The new update also comes with full compatibility with the iPad Pro.
Apple’s Live Photos feature
Live Photos is a unique feature that was introduced along with the latest line of iPhones back in September 2015. Somewhat similar to GIF files, Live Photos are full-resolution images with motion and sound that’s recorded each time you shoot a photo. Users can then tap and hold the photo to see it come to life. A number of third-party apps started support for Live Photos when iOS 9.1 rolled out, with big companies like Tumblr and Facebook eventually following suit.
The update is especially useful for those with plenty of Live Photos, as one of these is roughly the same size as a 12-megapixel image, so they can take up a lot of space on your phone.
Full compatibility for iPad Pro
For iPad Pro users, the app is now optimized to support the native 2732×2048 resolution of the 12.9″ tablet. In the previous version, the app simply scaled up to fit the screen without using the tablet’s full resolution. The same iPad Pro support is also available in the latest version of the YouTube iOS app.
In addition to supporting Live Photos, Google Photos is now compatible with iOS 9’s multitasking Split View feature. Users can now use Google Photos simultaneously with other Split View-compatible apps available on iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro.
A handful of new tweaks are also available on the latest update. Users can now enjoy more streamlined app navigation, reduced cache usage for devices low on space, and other handy performance improvements.