Google photos got a new update. This update is bringing new editing features to Android users. Previously these editing features were available on Pixel phones Now they will be available on all Android devices. But there is something that needs attention, that is In order to use them You have to pay Google one Subscription fee if you don’t have a Pixel phone.
Normally Google offers plenty of services and applications free of charge, similarly with Google Photos Storage especially for the Pixel devices. The machine learning-based photo editor features also available free of charge for pixel users. However, with this new Google Photos Update, you will get these features on other Android devices, but users need to have Google One Subscription.
As Google informed The Verge that Google Photos users who are currently using these editing tools will not lose them now that the One Cloud paywall has gone up. And the Pixel users will still be able to access these photo editing features free of charge.
Google Photos Update Bringing new features
The Google Photos Update brings new features that are only available on Pixel devices. Which are machine learning-based Portrait Blur and Portrait Light features.
By using the Portrait Blur, users can blur the background once the picture is captured. With Portrait Light users can enhance the lighting on faces in portraits” As informed from Google in its blog post. Both of these features will work for photos both just taken and taken from the past. Even if the photos were not taken in portrait mode.
Also, it made some improvements to the Blur and Color Pop features. And anyone with Google Photos can use them at no cost. With the new Google Photos Update, Google One members can now even apply these effects to more pictures of people, including those without in-depth information similar to old film scans and professional shots. Google automatically recommends adding the features to photos stored in the Google Plus Library.
Google also ensures that Google One members can access other machine learning effects. Just with one-tap suggestions to improve pictures depending on their content.
This update brings a new editor for your videos
The new update brings a new editor for your videos. With this new editor, along with trimming, stabilizing, and rotating your videos, now you can crop your pics, add filters, and change perspective. Also, you can apply granular edits such as brightness, saturation, contrast, and warmth.
Nearly there are more than 30 controls. You can simply start with cropping and straightening the frame just to focus more on the subject. And if you think the video scene is poorly lighted, then you can adjust the brightness to make your video shine.
This new video editing feature is already present in Google Photos of iOS and it will be rolling out for Android users in the upcoming weeks. Google further added that it will also bring the redesigned editor to iOS devices in the near upcoming months.
Google One Membership
As per the new Google Photos Update, to use the new photo editing features you need to pay Google One Subscriber to use them if you are not using a pixel device.
The Google One membership starts at $1.99 per month and it mainly focuses on expanding storage for Google services. For example, the base plan gives 100GB of space over the 15GB of included free storage. Google also provides additional services to its members such as Google Store rewards and offers extended free trials to services like YouTube Premium etc. The new Google Photos Update, editing features are also part of the plan.
Google One members also have access to other new machine learning-powered effects. They are like adding super filters that apply complex edits with just one click. Also with the Dynamic suggestion, you can improve brightness and contrast across the image as per your requirement. Thus it will provide you with a new dramatic, more balanced picture.
With Sky suggestion, you can add breathtaking sunrises and sunsets like colors to your golden hour images. Also, you can boost the color and contrast in the sky with the help of several palettes inspired by sunset and sunrise scenes.
Other details of Google Photos Update
Along with this new AI-powered filter that is Dynamic and Sky suggestions, Google rolled out Portrait Blur and Portrait Light for its Google One members. They will be available in the coming days through the Google Photos app on Android Devices. For this, you need to be using the device that has 3GB RAM and Android 8.0 version and above.
The new pixel and Google One subscription versions promise to take things a step further and it allows users to apply those effects with the help of the power of machine learning. For older photos that don’t have the existing depth data. However, pixel users will get these features free of cost even though they don’t have Google One membership.
With all this, we can say that Google is expanding the photo-focused offerings with Google One membership. Just months before Google, ending its free unlimited storage program for Google Photos. Means Google One membership will be the solution for users who require more storage space for their pictures.
Lastly, Android users will get the improved video editor that Google already offers for iOS in the coming weeks. Whereas, The iOS version will get updated with the new photo editor that Google introduced last fall in the coming months.
New Google Photos Update brings new editing features for Android users. To use them the users should have a Google One Cloud storage membership. But these editing features are already available for Pixel users free of charge, now they are coming to Android devices.