Google Photos gets improved editor and suggestions feature on Android

Google Photos gets improved editor and suggestions feature on Android

Google Photos is rolling out a new editor UI on Android that promises to make editing your photos a lot easier. And, yes, in addition to an improved editor UI, Google is also using machine learning to power a new smart suggestions feature.

With the update, Google is adding a “Suggestions” tab in the photo editing menu, which is capable of automatically applying edits to the photo you’re looking at. You can then make your own tweaks or, if you’re satisfied with Google’s machine learning-powered suggestion, save the changes.

Suggestions can automatically adjust aspects such as brightness, contrast, and portrait effects. There are also suggestions for Enhance and Color Pop, the latter of which will turn the background of a photo black and white while keeping the subject in color. Google said it will add even more suggestions to the Google Photos app on Pixel devices in the coming months.


The bigger story here is the updated editor UI, which features larger buttons and a slider below the name of the adjustment you’re using. It looks similar to the editor you’d find in Apple’s stock Photos app on iOS. Compared to what’s available now, the controls are much easier to understand and more user-friendly. We actually got our first glimpse of this new editor at the end of August, and it’s finally rolling out for users starting today.

In addition, Google detailed a new Portrait Light feature coming to Google Photos for the new Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. This feature can automatically adjust the lighting on faces in portraits, or it can manually be adjusted. Google said Portrait Light can also be applied to photos that weren’t captured using Portrait mode, but it’s only available on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, with availability coming to more Pixel devices soon.

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Google Photos has received a number of neat updates over the past few months, including a map view and improved search functionality. The updated editor UI is rolling out now to Google Photos for Android.

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.

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