07 September 2018
Google Photos is one of the easiest ways to back up all of the images from your Android device. The company has today announced a number of improvements to the service. One of the features that Google Photos will get is the ability to utilise artificial intelligence to automatically colourise old black and white photos. Users will have to click an image of the old picture from their phones and then Google Photos will analyze it and produce a colourized version of it. Another new feature that will come to photos is exposure adjustments and improvements to pictures.
“One of the insights we’ve had as Google Photos has grown significantly over the years is that people spend a lot of time looking at photos inside of Google Photos,” explained Google Photos Product Lead, Dave Lieb, stated in an earlier interview “They do it to the tune of about 5 billion photo views per day,” he added.
“Our team thought, what if we applied computer vision and A.I. to black-and-white photos? Could we re-create a color version of those photos?” said Lieb. The team wanted to see if technology could be trained to re-colorize images.
Google also announced that it will use AI to help separate subjects in photos or recognise images of documents and automatically convert them to PDF files.
Google Photos is available for both Android and iOS. The service allows a number of intelligent categorization and organizational features and comes with a number of editing tools and photo book creation. Google stated that that the feature will be rolled out over the next couple of months.