Google Photos for iOS is getting two new features that were first showcased during Pixel 3 launch last month and Android version of the app got it last month. According to The Verge, Google Photos for iOS is getting support for Color Pop and depth slider option.
The features were first pushed to Android smartphones last month and is now available on iOS as well. With Color Pop, the subject of a photograph is in color in the foreground while the background is in black and white. It uses an algorithm to isolate the subject from the background and is a smart way to bring a viewer’s attention to the subject of the photo.
In order to use Color Pop on an iOS device, open up a portrait image and tap on the edit button. Color Pop should be the first option you will see, right next to the Original option. Now tap on the main subject of your image and he or she will remain in color while the background turns into black and white.
The next setting added to Google Photos on iOS is a depth slider which allows the photographer to manually increase or decrease the intensity of the blur in the background of a portrait. This will allow you to change the background blur or the bokeh effect of a portrait image.
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In order to use this depth slider, open up a portrait shot and tap on edit twice. This action will expose the depth slider, which keeps the subject of the photograph in focus and the intensity of the background blur will be open for manual adjustment. These features are not directly accessible on some of the popular flagship Android smartphones and with it arriving on iOS, it just shows how much Google values Apple’s ecosystem.