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Google is bringing AI editing features to more Google Photos users for "free"

By Ken Wong - on 15 Apr 2024, 1:02pm

Google is bringing AI editing features to more Google Photos users for "free"

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Google has announced plans to bring its Magic Editor, its AI-based photo editing tool that is currently only for Google Pixel users, to all Google Photos and Google Pixel tablet users.

Google says that the new features are being rolled out gradually but to be able to use Magic Editor, your device must have a 64-bit chipset with at least 4 GB RAM, and be running on Android 8.0 and up. On ChromeOS, the device must be a Chromebook Plus with ChromeOS version 118+ or have at least 3GB RAM.

What this means is that as long as you meet the minimum device requirements and are a Google Photos user, you’ll have access to AI editing tools at no cost that include:

  • Magic Eraser
  • Unblur
  • Sky suggestions
  • Colour pop
  • HDR effect for photos & videos
  • Portrait blur
  • Portrait light
  • Add light/Balance light features in the Portrait light tool
  • Cinematic photos
  • Styles in collage editor
  • Video effects

But as with all things, what Google gives for free, Google also limits. Even after meeting the minimum device requirements can use Magic Editor on Android & iOS only 10 times a month. After 10 saves, you’ll need to either upgrade to a Premium Google One plan 2 TB or above, or be a Pixel user to continue saving edits made using Magic Editor. This could change though depending on the announcements from Google I/O 2024.

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