The Google Photos app is a great app for backing up your photos to the cloud. It also does a decent job at editing your images, although it did feel a bit basic compared to some other apps out there. However, alongside the announcement of the new Pixel smartphones, Google has also announced an update to Google Photos that turns it into a much more compelling editing app.

In the new update to the app, Google has utilized machine learning to help make editing a lot easier and smarter. According to Google, “These suggestions help you get stunning results in just one tap, by intelligently applying features like brightness, contrast and portrait effects.” Users can even make further edits to get the look that they want.

In addition to machine learning-based edits, Google is also adding more granular controls to the app. This will allow users to make further adjustments to the photo, such as the brightness, contrast, saturation, warmth, and more, and all of this will be in a new layout that will make it easier for users to discover these controls.

There will also be a new feature that will initially debut with the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 that comes in the form of Portrait Light, where Google will once again leverage machine learning to improve the lighting conditions in a photo taken in portrait mode.

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