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Google Photos app on Android gets a smarter photo editor

By Ng Chong Seng - on 2 Oct 2020, 12:30pm

Google Photos app on Android gets a smarter photo editor

New one-tap suggestions in the updated Google Photos editor. (Image: Google.)

The Google Photos app on Android has just been updated with better suggestions and more granular adjustments in its editor, according to a new blog post by Google Photos’ Product Manager Zachary Senzer.

The biggest addition comes in the form of Portrait Light, a feature that’s only available for the new Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. With Portrait Light, you can easily tweak light position and brightness for portraits and even photos not taken with Portrait mode in post. Google says Portrait Light will come to more Pixel devices ‘soon’.

Portrait Light is only available on Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 at the moment. (Image: Google.)

Also new in the updated editor are edit suggestions based on machine learning. In addition to the current Enhance and Colour Pop suggestions, you’ll see new suggestions that let you enhance brightness, contrast and portrait effects with just a tap. In the coming months, Google will be adding more suggestions related to portraits, landscapes and sunsets.

The editor’s layout is tweaked, too: you can now scroll through all your options to find the exact tool you need quickly. It’d be interesting to see if Google would keep to this flat layout as it add more functions to the editor down the road.

Source: Google.