Google launches two experimental photo apps: Storyboard & Selfissimo

Google introduced two photography apps in Google Play which offers interesting mobile photography experiences based on experimental technology. The new apps Storyboard & Selfissimo are the first apps from Google’s appsperiments series. The company is promising that they will release such more interesting apps in the coming months.


Google says, there is a number of technologies now in development at Google, including the focus on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies.

Alex Kauffmann, Interaction Researcher, Google Research, in a blog post wrote, “Our “appsperimental” approach was inspired in part by Motion Stills, an app developed by researchers at Google that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilization and rendering technologies. Our appsperiments replicate this approach by building on other technologies in development at Google. They rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies, and perhaps most importantly, fun.”

Storyboard app:

Storyboard app uses a video as a source and transforms its frames into a single-page comic layout. This transformation of a video looks very interesting. The app automatically selects the interesting frames from the video, lays them out and applies styles to it. App has total six visual styles. If you don’t like the selection of the frame, so you can just pull down to refresh and then the app will produce a new selection. Interestingly the app doesn’t use any cloud feature rather the whole process happens on the device itself.

How to Use Storyboard app:

  • First, load the video from your phone.
  • The app automatically selects the interesting frames from the video and applies styles to it.
  • Pull down to refresh till you get your favorite layout.
  • That’s it, you can now share or save the layout.

Selfissimo app:

Selfissimo app is targeted for selfie-obsessed generation of youngsters. It is a very simple camera app which clicks black and white selfies. Like other camera apps, you set the frame and then tap to click a selfie. Similarly, Selfissimo asks you to pose and whenever you stop moving it automatically captures the shot. Once the shoot started, you can continue to strike new poses and the app will keep capturing it without your attention. Once you’re shoot done, you can select the selfies you want or you can save the entire shoot.

How to Use a Selfissimo app:

  • Open the Selfissimo app and get started with your photo shoot.
  • It snaps a photo each time you stop moving.
  • Just change poses or moves the phone a little to retrigger.
  • You can end the shoot with a tap and then save or share individual images or the entire shoot.

You can download Storyboard app and Selfissimo app directly from Google Play Store. In addition to this, Google also released a third experimental app called Scrubbies, but it’s only for iOS users. This app lets you manipulate the speed and direction of video to create loops and highlight reels. Do try this app and let us know your feedback in our comment section below.