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You can now tell Google Photos why a pic doesn't belong to a person's album

Google Photos' facial recognition and grouping algorithms are impressive. Each time a new person or pet shows up in your images, it creates a new profile for them and puts all their pics together. However, this is still a computer software and some things might trip it. A statue, a face in a book cover or poster, similar-looking people, and other factors may lead it to incorrectly tag persons, and that's where you usually intervene to manually fix things. Previously, Google didn't ask you to explain why you were removing a pic from a profile, but now it does, hopefully as a way to improve its algorithms.

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The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL just hit the FCC, announcement likely not too far off

FCC IDs for several new Google-made devices just landed, and although the product's identifying model numbers fit more closely with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, both the timing and some key differences in the application make it clear we're looking at something new: specifically, these are probably the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

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[Update: Google responds to concerns] Google is stopping people in the street to buy their face data — possibly for Pixel 4's 'Face ID'

If you're working on any kind of software that utilizes facial recognition — a secure Face ID camera system for a phone is just one example that comes to mind — you need a good amount of data in order to train the AI that powers it. Google isn't exactly new to the data collection game, but you might be surprised to learn that it's been doing so via such an old-fashioned method.

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Google spills all the beans on Pixel 4's face unlock and "Motion Sense" gesture tech

Google appears to be tired of the endless cycle of leaks and speculation when it comes to the Pixel 4. The company today has published a blog post and video showing off the upcoming phone's facial recognition tech, as well as gesture controls. We also get a tearaway view of the top of the Pixel 4 (pictured above) showing what that gap in previous leaks was for — a lot of things, it turns out.

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Google Photos product lead confirms manual face tags, timestamp edits on Android, and other features in the works

Yesterday, Google Photos' product lead, David Lieb, took to Twitter to ask users for direct feedback about the app. The goal, as he said, was to be made aware of outstanding bugs, possible performance improvements, and most importantly feature requests. The conversation lasted for many hours, during which David replied to many of the messages sent, confirmed a few features are coming, and heard what everyone had to say.

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'Face authentication' details in Android Q Beta 4 tease upcoming biometric support

Google's plans for better face recognition have been known for a while. After all, Apple's Face ID is so good that Google has to do something to play catch-up. According to teardowns by both 9to5Google and XDA Developers, new "face authentication" labels (strings) for settings options are hidden in Android Q Beta 4, and a search of the Settings app is showing related settings for some.

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Google Photos has been asking users to help improve its facial recognition grouping

Facial grouping in Google Photos is one of the most impressive features of the service. Not only can you see all pics and videos you've taken of a person or pet, you can also use that in search to find specific snaps like "me in Vienna" or "[person] and [other person/cat/dog]" or "[person] and food" for example. But Google's algorithms aren't infallible and there are instances when you have to remove certain pics for wrong identification, or merge what it thinks are two different faces. Photos is aware of that and has been asking users on the web to help it improve its facial recognition.

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Google is adding support for Face ID-like hardware to Android Q

Both XDA Developers and 9to5Google have spotted another upcoming feature in Android Q: more secure native facial recognition. Think Apple's Face ID rather than Android's existing Trusted Face system. Other OEMs like Xiaomi and Huawei have already shoehorned in their own facial recognition solutions, but now Google is bringing the feature to the (literal) source.

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The most interesting smartphone innovations in the last year (or so)

We've seen our mobile devices evolve from novelties to ubiquitous, do-it-all pocket supercomputers in just a few decades. Lately, though, there's been a sense of fatigue about the progression of mobile technology: the breakneck pace of big-ticket advancements has slowed, and even devices which we can't find fault with just seem kind of meh. Smartphones have matured, and the days of the next big thing actually being something big are largely behind us, but that doesn't mean improvements have stopped altogether. Here are a few of the noteworthy innovations and trends we've seen over the past 12 months.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 confirmed as ditching fingerprint reader in favor of iris scanner

Despite the advent of jumbo-sized smartphones, and a slow but steady drop in global tablet sales reported over the last few years, Samsung is seemingly keeping the faith in the Galaxy Tab family. It’s no longer a secret that there are at least two new models in the works, both of which are expected to trim their bezels down and leave out the physical home button.

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