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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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You can now edit your smart display's photo frame settings from the Google Photos app

One of the best features of smart displays is their ability to act as high-quality digital photo frames, but adjusting which pictures they show has, up to this point, been a bit of a slog: open the Home app, scroll to the device, tap the settings icon, then Photo Frame, then Google Photos. That process is being simplified considerably with a shortcut right inside the Photos app.

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Google Photos gets nostalgic with AI-curated Memories, lets you show off favorites with canvas prints

Google Photos isn't just resting on its laurels today by making 4x6" prints available within the same day at your local pharmacy or big box store — the cloud storage service is amping up its own boutique print offerings and using artificial intelligence to help you stroll through the tons of memories you've backed up.

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[Update: Dark toggle] Dark mode now available on Gallery Go by Google Photos

Google Photos is a fantastic app, but storing and accessing to all your images from the cloud can be a strain on your smartphone's bandwidth and storage, especially if it's a budget Android device. Last month, Google launched Gallery Go (along the lines of Maps Go and Google Go), a lightweight picture manager targetted at the hundreds of millions of budget devices being used in developing countries. Today, the app got an update that adds dark mode — something other apps like Messenger and Google Photos already have.

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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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Google Photos can now search for text in your images, then copy and paste it

A feature I've always wanted in Google Photos is text recognition. The service can parse through my pics to find a specific face, place, thing, or even more abstract concepts like "sunset" or "happy," it can even associate an emoji with images in my gallery, but it couldn't find simple pieces of text through OCR. Well, now it can.

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Google Photos face grouping is finally rolling out across Europe

One of Google Photos' neatest (or creepiest, depending on who you ask) tricks is its ability to recognize the same face across different angles, lighting conditions, and even ages, and let you assign it a searchable name. The feature was available in the US from the get-go, but that wasn't the case everywhere. Now, face grouping is rolling out across Europe, according to Engadget.

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Google Photos update brings wide color support, breaks night mode on OnePlus 7 Pro

Pixels may take great photos, but both Android and the platform's applications have otherwise lagged behind iOS when it comes to color management, to the displeasure of photographers and designers alike. However, the latest version of Google Photos (v4.21) finally delivers wide color gamut support, though it does cause a few issues on some devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro.

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Google Photos now has a billion active users

Google started helping users manage their photos back in 2002 with Picasa. Now, it's all about Google Photos, and that service has hit an important milestone. After four years of operation as a standalone service, Photos has a billion active users. Most of them are getting free storage from Google, too.

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[Update: APK Download] Google's Gallery Go is a lighter photo organization app designed for offline use

Adding to its lineup of lighter apps for low-cost phones, Google has introduced Gallery Go — a photo organization app intended for offline use while taking up as little space as possible. Even so, it features some of the same machine learning capabilities and editing tools as its more advanced sibling, Google Photos.

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