11 May 2021
Google Photos is reportedly getting some premium editing features, and according to XDA Developers, these new premium features seem to be locked behind a Google One paywall.
Back in March this year, the folks first spotted the evidence of this feature during an APK teardown, and now fast forward to today, while digging into the new version 5.18, they have learned that Google will upsell these upcoming features to some users. However, the strings found didn’t reveal what new features are coming. But a reader was able to spot a feature dubbed Color Pop soon after the publication posted the report.
According to the screenshots shared with XDA Developers, the “Color Pop” feature keeps the subject in color or better say, the feature adds colors to the subject so that it can pop out differently from the background. As evident from the screenshots provided, the feature has turned the background black and white, allowing the subject to “pop.”
Note that Google announced this new Color Pop editing feature back in May 2018. But this is a new take by Google on this feature. The latest addition allows the feature to edit even the pictures that lack depth information. But the catch is, you need to subscribe to Google One in order to use the feature fully.
A Google spokesperson has told Engadget that the Color Pop feature will continue to be available for anyone to use, at no cost, for photos with depth information (such as portrait mode). But can be used for photos without the depth information using Google One subscription. So, Google is upselling the feature as a part of the ongoing rollout but this is not entirely a premium feature for everyone.
So, many users will still be able to use this feature even without the Google One subscription.
Currently, it is unknown what other premium editing features will be put behind a paywall. But XDA Developers points out that the strings of code in version 5.18 that suggests Google will introduce preprocessing suggestions and a Skypalette feature, which will include new filters to help users edit the sky.
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