Google+ photos get twinkling stars and falling snow, just in time for Christmas


posted Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM EDT


Perfectly timed for the inevitable winter snowstorms, Google has updated Google+'s AutoAwesome editing tool to add a couple of incredibly cheesy animated effects that are both seasonally appropriate and pretty goofy. Now your photos can have lights that twinkle and falling snow added to them.

Here's how Google describes the new tools:

Just in time for the holidays, we’re rolling out two new ways to make your Google+ photos more awesome, automatically:

1) Twinkle: upload a new photo of something that sparkles (like a Christmas tree or a chandelier), and we'll gift you a version with lights that actually twinkle.

2) Snow: upload a new photo with snow to Google+, and we'll gift you a version with snow that’s actually falling.

In both cases, you'll get a notification when your #AutoAwesome image is ready. We hope these features help you celebrate the ‘wonder’ in winter wonderland! #googleplusupdate

So if you want to deck out your images in a level of animation that looks like something that you might find on Blingee, then Google+ has you covered for this holiday season. And who doesn't want animated snow plastering their photos?