Before the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge were announced, Samsung was rumored to be working on its own version of Apple Live Photos. Leading up to the event at MWC 2016, Talk Androidconfirmed that the feature’s debut was imminent. Samsung’s Motion Photo is live on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but the company didn’t speak about it at launch nor have they promoted it in the slightest. That could be because the media would declare it a copycat of an Apple product or Samsung intends to do more with Motion Photo in the future.
Motion Photo is indeed live on Samsung’s 2016 flagship, so we’re going to explain the way it works and how to get it set up on your phone.
Motion Photo, like what we’ve seen from Apple and HTC before, transforms a picture into a short clip. The difference here, though, is that Motion Photo only captures video from before the picture was taken while Apple’s Live Photos records before, during, and after. Also, you can’t share a Motion Photo as, at least for now, Samsung is restricting viewing to just the device that captured it. Since the company was on the fence with the feature, Samsung will likely improve Motion Photo and remove limitations in the coming months or by the time the Galaxy Note 6 is introduced.
Launch the Camera app on your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. If the quick menu isn’t displayed, select the arrow at the top right and left (depending on your phone’s orientation). Select the gear icon that represents the Camera app’s settings.
The second item down from the list is Motion photo. Make sure that the toggle reads “ON” and then head back.
After snapping a picture like you normally would, go into the Gallery app and view a picture taken after Motion Photo was enabled. You’ll see a small icon at the right said that is an image with a play button in its corner. Select that button and your picture will start moving around. That, my friend, is your first Motion Photo!
As mentioned earlier, Samsung isn’t yet allowing a Motion Photo to be shared anywhere. They’re simple stored on your phone for playback and that’s it, which is disappointing because many believed Samsung would allow its GIF-like media to be shared with friends and on social media. So I’d be very surprised to see Motion Photo stay in its current because it’s useless.