Finally, it seems Google is set to roll out the much touted Colorized feature to Google Photos. This is coming one year after Google first teased the feature at the 2018 I/O 2018. Since then, the euphoria that greeted that announcement had since died down; but it now seems we are set to welcome the Colorized feature anytime soon.
Colorized feature allows you to bring back old black and white pictures to life. It is a product of machine learning—and one of the noticeable improvements made with TensorFlow machine learning.
Per Android Police, Product lead David Lieb reacted to a call-out on Google’s radio silence on Colorize who responded by tweeting that the feature was still a work in progress.
2/ Here’s a photo of my 104yo grandmother on her wedding day, colorized with Google Photos on my phone. (You can see we have some work to do; my grandfather didn’t wear pink pants to his wedding!) pic.twitter.com/Ni8v0Bz3vg
— David Lieb (@dflieb) May 6, 2019
While Lieb later tweeted that a beta version of Colorized is on its way; the exact timeline for the release is not yet known. That said, it will be a great idea to have a feature that will bring your old black and white pictures back to life.
A couple of months ago, Google rolled out the ability to crop documents in a new update that will further make Google Photos more relevant to its users. Google Photos is already very popular as it is, and adding more useful features like this one will further strengthen the app’s position among competitors.
Google posted a tweet where it announced a new “Crop & adjust” feature that is specifically designed for pictures of receipts and other documents. The crop and adjust feature will be very useful for cropping receipts especially as many people today take pictures of receipts to be used later. The new feature will make the images more presentable and readable.
“Crop and adjust” will pop up at the bottom of the screen when you are viewing a recognized document. Once this happens, all you need to do is to tap to open a new editor UI that is optimized for documents, while photos will automatically crop to remove the background and clean up the edges.
You will have the option to “Adjust corners” with a prompt similar to what you have in Photo Scan for printed images. In addition, you can switch to a more readable black and white version with “Rotate,” which is a manual action along with “Color.” You also have the option to “Press & hold to compare” the original and edited versions of your works. Once done, you can either choose to cancel or save your work with the usual “Cancel” and “Save” buttons at the bottom.
Great and exciting features have been added to Google Photos in the last one year—taking Photos to a level different from its competitors in the market.