ChromeOS will get a bunch of new video editing tools and productivity features right over the next month. Google is releasing a new movie editor with new editing features in the Google Photos app, and it’s said to ease the video creation process “with just a few taps.” In addition to these tools, there are new features in Google Photos wallpapers, Light and Dark Themes, new PDF editing features, deeper Calendar integration, and new capabilities in the Virtual Desk. These features will begin rolling out to Chromebooks from the first week of August.
First set of main features coming soon Google Photos as a new movie editor and video editing features. Follow Google, an improved movie maker that allows users to quickly create “high-quality movies” using suggested themes, apply AI effects such as Real Tone filters, add music and title tags subject, among other options. Users will be able to open a video in the Gallery app and continue editing it in Google Photos with a single tap with the help of deeper integration into the Operating System.
Furthermore, Google says the new Google Photos features can also automatically create movies. Users have to choose a subject, photos, and videos of people (or pets) and Google Photos compiles them to create a movie – just like in Android. These features will be available first on Chromebooks starting in August.
In addition to new movie and video-related features, Google Photos is also getting background improvements. Not only can you set the wallpaper from the Google Photos album, but it can also change it automatically every day. Furthermore, Google is introducing Light and Dark themes on ChromeOS. You can choose one of the themes, or the “automatic” option will automatically switch from light to dark as day turns to night. Google says some wallpapers also support this transition.
Other features include new PDF editing features for the Gallery app (Chromebook’s default multimedia app), deeper calendar integration for at-a-glance viewing of details without opening the app or tabs. Other browsing and notification improvements allow for a cleaner user interface. All of these features will also be rolling out to ChromeOS in August.
Virtual Desktops, a feature that allows users to keep all applications and windows related to a particular project grouped together, will allow them to save and close the entire desktop, then pick up where they left off with one tap. This feature will launch on ChromeOS at the end of September.