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Google Photos to finally get its long-promised Colorize mode, early beta samples surface

During I/O 2018, Google gave the public a sneak peek at a Photos feature that could colorize old black and white pictures, making them look as if they had been taken with an actual color camera. One year after its unveiling, word around further development on Colorize went silent, save for a promise from Google that the beta would be launching "soon." Fast forward five more months, and a functioning version of Colorize has finally been unearthed in beta via the latest Google Photos 4.26 update.

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A year after Colorize was teased, Google Photos chief says Beta is coming 'soon'

Now that Google I/O 2019 is completely over, let's take it back to 2018, when the company announced a couple of neat new features for Google Photos: Color Pop and Colorize. Color Pop, which lets users easily apply a black-and-white filter to a picture's background to give the subject a nice "pop," was deployed just days after I/O 2018. Colorize, meanwhile, went under the radar for a whole year. Today, the company is finally updating us on this front and is teasing a beta program to try the tool out.

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