Google Acquires Fly Labs

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Today Google has acquired Fly Labs. The New York-based startup is responsible for a number of iOS video editing apps which has been downloaded over 3 million times over the past 18 months. The Fly Labs team will be absorbed into the Google Photos team.

Fly Labs has produced a quartet of video-editing apps to help people “edit on the fly.” One of the apps, Crop, turns vertical cellphone videos into horizontal, YouTube-friendly ones. Clips, Fly Labs’ latest release, turns small video fragments into so-called masterpiece short films. Fly Labs will continue to offer the four apps, called Clips, Fly, Tempo and Crop, for the next three months, and Google will give away features that used to be in-app purchases for free during this time.

“In the last 18 months, our video editing apps have been downloaded more than 3 million times in over 150 different countries. More than 20 million videos have been created with apps made by Fly Labs,” said Fly Labs in a blog post. “We’re excited to continue on our mission by joining Google and the Google Photos team in Mountain View, Calif.”

Here’s the full statement from Fly Labs:

We’re excited to announce that Fly Labs has been acquired by Google!

Our mission at Fly Labs has always been simple: to help people make the most of their photos and videos. We make video editing apps because we believe that there’s no better way to stay connected with your memories than by engaging with them creatively. In the last 18 months, our video editing apps have been downloaded more than 3 million times in over 150 different countries. More than 20 million videos have been created with apps made by Fly Labs.

We’re excited to continue on our mission by joining Google and the Google Photos team in Mountain View, California. Google Photos is a home for your life’s memories, powered by Google’s machine learning and computer vision technology. It’s a perfect match for what we built at Fly Labs, and we’re looking forward to folding our technology into Google Photos. We’ll be pouring the same passion into Google Photos that we poured into Clips, Fly, Tempo and Crop on the Fly.

Meanwhile, as of today, all Fly Labs apps are completely free with no in-app purchases! The apps will be available on the App Store for another 3 months – so you can still download them and use them to get creative with video – but please note that we will not be submitting any more updates to the apps. Once the apps are removed from the App Store you will still be able to use them, but they will no longer be available for download.

We’d like to thank our users, our beta testers, our investors, our friends, our families, and everybody who helped us get this far. Onwards and upwards!

Love,
The Fly Labs Team

Google Photos recently passed the 100M user mark with user uploads exceeding 50 billion photos and videos.