Google to bring AI-powered editing tools to all users for free

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Google has announced that it is expanding its AI-backed photo editing features on its Photos app to more users.

Starting on May 15, many of our AI-powered editing tools like Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, and Portrait Light will be available to anyone using Google Photos. Before, these were limited to Pixel smartphone users and Google One subscribers.

According to the statement, “To access it no subscription is required. You’ll also be able to access these features on more devices, including Pixel tablets.”

The company noted that the free Google Photos users will only be able to get 10 Magic Edit saves in a month, and users need to buy a Google One subscription to remove this limitation. To go beyond this limit, the user will need a Pixel device or a Premium Google One plan (2TB and above).

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This feature was first introduced with the launch of the Google Pixel 8 (review) series of smartphones back in 2023. Using generative AI, this editor makes it easy to do complex photo edits with simple and intuitive actions, like repositioning your subject or turning the sky from gray to blue. Now we’re expanding access to Magic Editor to all Pixel devices.

According to the reports, some of these features might not be available on older Android smartphones with a 32-bit processor, and smartphones should also have at least 3 GB RAM and should be running on Android 8 Oreo or a newer version.

“The photo unblur feature can clean up a blurred photo, while the Magic Editor can remove unwanted objects from the image, and lastly, the Portrait Light effect can adjust the light to fix the brightness in the images,” the company added.

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