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Google Photos may soon come with adjustable bokeh effect; downgrade quality of photos to recover storage

These new features include adjustable bokeh in the portrait mode, and the ability to downgrade online photos from original quality to high quality, suggestions for color pop, and captions in Photobooks.

  • Published: June 22, 2018 5:20 PM IST
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Google seems to be working on a number of new features for its Photos app on Android. These new features include adjustable bokeh in the portrait mode, the ability to downgrade online photos from original quality to high quality, suggestions for color pop, and captions in Photobooks. All these features were spotted in the code of the latest Google Photos app with version number 3.23 that Google launched a few days back as part of an APK teardown by Android Police.

APK teardown is a process where developers take the APK (Android package) file of the app, which is used to install the app on any Android device, extract the contents of the file, and then go through the code for hidden references at features that may be launched in the future. Diving in the features that Google seems to be testing internally, it is likely that the company will finally give users the option to select the amount of Bokeh that is applied to the images.

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The primary reason for this is situations when you don’t really need that strong a background blur, and need to decrease the bokeh that software has applied on the image or if you want to apply a background blur to pop the people in the foreground a bit. It looks like this will have two sliders, one for the intensity of blur and the second for how shallow the depth of field will be. Both these sliders will be available in the photo editing interface for the photo according to the report.

The second feature that Google is working on it to give users the option to downgrade their photos on the cloud to “high quality” from the “original quality” that they may have opted for. This will allow users to reclaim the storage space that has been used up by photos because Google allows unlimited storage for photos backed up in “High quality”. The app will also link users to the Google Takeout link where they can download the original resolution images. The appealing part about this option is that this makes it an automated instead of the “annoying manual process”.

The app is also likely to start suggesting color pop as part of the suggested actions that the user should take. As part of the code, it looks like Google will give a button for manually activating the Color Pop option. Last but not the least, you can add captions to images on individual pages on the photobooks. All these features are still in development which means that it is likely that Google may change them significantly or even remove them. So features found in the APK Teardowns may not always make their way to the end user.

  • Published Date: June 22, 2018 5:20 PM IST