First Click: Google can ‘surprise and delight' just like Apple

As unofficial corporate mottos go, “Surprise & Delight” is to Apple as “Don’t be Evil” is to Google. Apple cites the phrase regularly at earnings calls, company emails, and most prominently in Steve Jobs’ “antennagate” address to the press.

I guess that’s why I’m surprised that Google Photos is the most delightful software I’ve used in years. To say I’m impressed is an understatement — I can’t stop demoing it to friends: I’ve glimpsed the future and feel compelled to proselytize.

I’ve been testing Google Photos with a few thousand pics from recent holidays and family events. The behind-the-scenes Assistant feature is downright magical (to borrow another Apple buzzword). It combined five separate videos I shot of my daughter’s…

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Author: Thomas Ricker

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