Portrait Light was announced along with the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. It's one more neat Pixel camera feature that lets you manually control light in portrait pics and adjust face brightness as you see fit, either for a more dramatic and contrasting effect or to balance things out in poorly-lit photos. The feature was said to be coming to older Pixels too, and now it's there on the Pixel 2, 3, and 4.
If you plan on buying a phone with Android 11 soon, you'll want to get used to your manufacturer's gallery app. And if you're going to be using Google Photos on something that's not a Pixel, be prepared to confirm every single thing you want to delete on the app. The reason why boils down to a new, well-intentioned policy in the operating system that leaves end users with some annoying consequences.
Anyone using a non-Pixel device like a OnePlus phone and Google Photos in conjunction probably knows that this can lead to some annoying issues. When you delete a photo in the camera right after taking it, it's possible that Google still uploads it, making you repeat the deletion process in Photos. The solution is simple on recent OnePlus phones: Just disable the pre-installed Gallery. The camera will then preview your shots right in Google Photos, and the app will respect deleted images right away.
Earlier this year, Google Photos was spotted testing a subscription that would send users prints of their photos every month. The trial program was shuttered in June in order for Google to incorporate changes based on user feedback, but now it looks like the experiment is back in development with more customizable prints and a new lower price.
Back at its Launch Night In event, Google announced a redesigned Google Photos editor that makes machine-learning editing options more prominent. It was initially uncovered in a leak back in August, courtesy of app sleuth Jane Manchun Wong. The company promised that the revamp would roll out to Photos users gradually, and it appears that a lot of people have already received the server-side update by now. Check your Photos app to see if you also got in.
With a new series of Pixel phones, one can expect a new batch of photographic trickery. Cinematic Pan, for example, uses high framerate video capture and digital cropping to make video clips pop. For stills, we've got two big bonuses to Portrait Mode: Night Sight and Portrait Lighting.
Call it a quality-of-life update or maybe even a "quality-of-memory" update: Google will soon begin listing dates and locations of users' own pictures if they have turned on Google Photos slideshows for their Nest displays and/or Chromecast screens. Display and Chromecast owners were emailed about the change which begins rolling out September 15.
Google is home to a lot of our data, especially when it comes to all the memories stored in Google Photos. Luckily, they're not stuck there, and the company enables users to transfer photos directly to Flickr or OneDrive, or export and download them for local backups. Now the Takeout tool has been updated to let users export only specific Google Photos albums.
Google Photos has always been one of the best options for storing photos digitally, but sometimes you just want a nice, old-fashioned, physical copy of a shot. Last year, Google Photos added the ability to order prints from CVS and Walmart. Now Walgreens has joined the list of places offering same-day Google Photos printing.