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November 27th, "million" moments


Our million moments app has achieved one "million" downloads at Google Play market! So literally, it has helped million people look back at their cherished memories.

Thank you so much for your support, and stay tuned as we continue to update the app.


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March, 28th, 2013 New Writers


Hi, this is Gokaichi. The two writers, Aki and I, will be passing our torches to the next bloggers from next month. We'd like to extend our gratitude to our visitors for reading our articles.


After about ten months of using million moments, my bookshelf became like this. I might want to increase the number of albums since the number of labels increased with app update.

The new writers will be posting their articles from next post. Please look forward to the articles and stories posted by our new writers.

Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may be slightly different with Android version.

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March, 7th, 2013 We've attended Mobile World Congress 2013


Hi, this is Gokaichi. We have exhibited our app at Mobile World Congress 2013 held at Barcelona end of last month. To be exact, my colleagues did, not me. (Wish I could visit Barcelona too...)


We gave demo by shooting the images of the visitors who came to our booth, and we were able to enjoy good feedbacks from them. We'd like to attend more events, as the feedbacks we receive from the participants are very insightful and valuable to us. See you!

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February, 14h, 2013 Pitching million moments at SF Japan Night 2013


Hi, this is Gokaichi. We feel our million moments app needs to be recognized by more people around the world, but it isn't easy to get discovered when literally millions of apps are out there. So we joined a pitch contest in which the winner gains a trip to San Francisco and a chance to make a presentation to US tech media.


The result? We were able to make it to the semifinals. Unfortunately, we couldn't win the ticket to San Francisco this time, but the app was very well received by the judges. We'll keep up our good work and look forward to the next opportunity. See you!

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December 26th, 2012 Transferring your album data from one Android handset to another



If you’re a million moments lover (I’m sure you are), and have just bought a new Android handset, you would want to transfer your album data from your old Android handset to the new handset. If you are an iOS user, you can do the data transfer using iTunes.


We are happy to share with you that with new updated million moments app for Android, the data transfer from one Android handset to another can now be done with a few steps. Here is the procedure.


1. Take backup data using million moments.
Go to the setting screen and select “Back up your data”. Tap “OK”.




2. Move your photos and backup data
Quit million moments and move your data from your old handset to your new handset using PC or simply by moving SD card from one to another. You need to move the “MillionMomentsBackup” folder and all the folders that contain the pictures you have imported to million moments.


3. Restore data on your new handset.
Launch million moments on new handset. If the data was transferred correctly onto the SD Card stored in your new handset, you will see the following message. Select “Yes”.



Select the backup data with time and day you took your backup. Tap “OK”.



Tap “OK” again.



Done!



Now you can enjoy your million moments albums on your new handset!


For more details please refer to our product information page.



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December 20th, 2012 Getting prepared for the holidays



Hi, have you already checked out our new motiongraph app and its web site? If you have, I hope you liked it.


But don’t forget to check out million moments app too, because the latest update has just been revealed both for iOS and Android with new features we’ve all been waiting for.


So, what’s new this time?


First, to help you quickly import new pictures to your album, million moments now displays new photos on your handset when you launch the app. This gets rid of the task of tapping “Import” and selecting folders to search for the photos you’ve just taken.



Second, the number of the labels has increased from 8 to 16. We’ve received many requests from our users to increase the number of labels. And I’m glad to announce that we made it happen in this release. Now you can have up to 16 albums, so I hope you can enjoy this app twice as much than before.



The third one needs a bit of explanation, so I’d like to wrap up for today and write about it on my next post. See you!


Note: The screen shots of Android version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the iOS version.



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December, 17th, 2012 Tips on creating good motiongraph works


Hi this is Gokaichi. Have you had a chance to try out our motiongraph? Creating a motiongraph work is fun, but if you know the tips on how to make a really good one, you'll be able to raise the level of your work to the next level. So let me share with you the two tips today.


1. Move only a small part of your picture
An image looks more natural if you move a small part of your picture, rather than the whole picture. This allows the picture to look more like a plain photo at a glance. Your friend will be amazed when he or she discovers that actually, it's not. So look for a scene in which the portion you want to move is small.


2. Move a portion with a subtle motion Your work will look more like an art, if you make the motion in your picture subtle. The waving skirt in this picture gives kind impression to the picture itself. The subtle motion adds taste to the work and does not distract the image.

Have you also noticed that her shadow also moves slightly? Small point, but lights and shadows help you brush up your work too.

It may take some time to find a good scene or target at first, but creating the work with motiongraph app isn't difficult at all. It only takes a few moves of your finger tip. Please give it a try if you haven't. See you!



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December, 13th, 2012 Surprise your friends with a photo that moves!


Hi, this is Gokaichi. Have you ever seen a photo that is partially animated like this?


We call this kind of work "motiongraph." Isn't it fun? It's also called Cinemagraph in general.

We have just release an Android app motiongraph that allows you to create a work like this very easily. There are similar apps, but our motiongraph app uses Sony's image technologies to help you to create a high-quality image with precise control.

What do you do after you've made a fantastic one? You can of course upload it to Facebook or twitter using the app. Do tweet to us at our twitter account when you've posted an amazing work. See you!

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November, 29th, 2012 Update for iOS version


Hi, this is Gokaichi. Thank you all once again for participating in our million moments photo competition held in October. Today, we're announcing the three lucky winners of the contest, each with the comments from our judge.


1st place to win Sony Digital Camera "Cyber-shot" DSC-RX100: @dezebel
Comments from our judge
"Something we can all relate to - the affection towards a first pet.
"What I like most is that the rabbit is still nibbling away, joy aside.
"I can't help but smile at this photo."



2nd place to win Sony Digital Photo Frame "S-Frame" DPF-C800: @R93
Comments from our judge
"A photo that really reflects the magic of the summer in London during the Olympics and Paralympics."
"The volunteers were particularly prominent in creating this air of euphoria around the Games, and this incorporates that."
"A lovely shot."



3rd place to win Sony Digital Photo Frame "S-Frame" DPF-C70A: @LukeJW93
Comments from our judge
"It's hard to avoid the art-y pictures that sometimes border on cliche."
"But this one really catches my eye. It's like a painting."
"I don't know where it is - but this picture certainly does it justice."


Congratulations to the three winners! Seeing these great works, I'm highly motivated again to take the photos that capture the special moments of my life. See you!

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Octber, 18th, 2012 million moments for Android reached 500 thousand downloads.


Hi, this is Gokaichi. I'm also enjoying watching photos uploaded to twitter to participate in our million moments photo competition. Just as Aki did, I'd also like to share with you my favorite works.


@nozonozno Whatta cute fluffy dogs! I'd love to play with them.


@virtualtony This photo has taste. The technique of adding blurred plant in the foreground is quite nice too.


@agoonergamble A little child and a baby, how can we ignore such an amazingly adorable pair! I won't be able to resist clicking shutter button too.

The competition continues until 23rd of October. The competition is targeting people living in the US and EU countries, but all of you living in other countries are also welcome to upload your favorite moment too. Be sure to follow @millionmoments and to mention @millionmoments with #MyMoment2012. I look forward to seeing your photos. See you!

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Octber, 9th, 2012 million moments for Android reached 500 thousand downloads.


Hi, this is Gokaichi. I'm happy and proud to announce to you that our million moments app for Android has quickly reached 500 thousand download in just four months after its release. Yes, in other words, a half a million. It's a half way to go to our milestone of one million downloads. I'd like to extend my gratitude to all of you who have tried the app. If you liked it, please do share your remarks with your friends and family, and help us reach one million!

The number of downloads do mean a lot to us, but our true goal is to continue improving the app so that it will be loved by its users even more. Please stay tunes, as we will be adding more and more updates.

And when we reach one million, I wish to do something...nice! See you!



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Octber, 4th, 2012 million moments photo competition is now live!


Hi, this is Gokaichi. I'm happy to announce that we are running a competition using Twitter from today to support the availability of million moments on Android and iOS in US, UK and EU countries.


Head over to this page to be in with a chance of winning a Sony Digital Camera or a Sony Digital Photo Frame! The competition is targeting people living in US, UK and EU countries, but all of you living in other countries are welcome to join as participants' photos will be shared on our facebook page and twitter.

Get involved, and share with us your treasured moments!

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July 26th, 2012 [coming soon] new functions


**This post is a notice of soon-to-come update. Please note that as of today, July 26th, these functions are not available yet. We will annouce you on our Twitter feed when the new version is distributed.**


Hi, how are you all? It’s hot here in Tokyo these days, so hot that summer heat is about to melt me down.


Today, I have “hot” news to share with you too – the new update of million moments will soon be available. The new update has three new features that many of our customers have requested, or indeed, I have longed for.


1. Cover Change
The new update of million moments will allow you to change the cover of your albums. Open an album, tap your favorite picture to enlarge it, and then tap the cover icon. Simple as that!



2. Picture Rotation
When a picture is enlarged, you will also see a new icon that wasn’t there before. You can now rotate the picture by tapping this icon.



3. Sorting Order Option (new picture first or old picture first)
The old version always showed new picture first in an album. The new update version will now allow you to select whether you want to see new picture first or old picture first, just like the traditional paper photo albums. This option has been added to the album setting menu.





I hope the new features will help you enjoy making your beautiful albums even more.



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July, 3rd, 2012 Summer is coming! (1)


Hi everyone. Here in Japan, it’s getting hot little by little. From today, I’d like to make a series of four posts entitled “cooling off on hot summer days.”


The theme for my first post is “water joy.”



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May, 30th, 2012 introducing “million moments”


Hi there everyone, it’s nice to meet you! I’m Aki from Sony Digital Network Applications. I’m very happy and excited to introduce to you a new app that I was involved as the product planner. The new app is called million moments.

The new app allows you to create your original and beautiful photo diaries like this:


Do you like it?
Just import your favorite pictures to million moments, and you can then create your photo books effortlessly. If you have not downloaded it yet, you can get it at Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Note: As of May 30th, million moments for iOS is not yet available. It will soon be, so please wait for a while more.

For this app, I tried to keep two very important points in my mind as I built my product plan. One is to make organizing of your photos as effortless and less time taking as possible. And another is to make looking back or viewing experience of your precious photos as indulging as possible.

The features you see in the app show how I reflected the two very important points. In my coming posts, I’d like to share with you the features of this app along with tips. So stay tuned!

One more note: I will be using screen shots of our Android version in this blog. The images may slightly be different for the iOS version.

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