At its I/O developer conference, Google has announced a bunch of improvements to its Photos app and, as you would expect, most of them are powered by artificial intelligence. AI algorithms have helped Google Photos users find and rate images for some time, but now the new Suggested Actions feature uses the power of AI to analyze images and suggest smart edits that would improve the shot, or prompt you to share it with the right people.
For example, if the AI recognizes people in the image, Google Photos will suggest sending it to that person; in the case of underexposure, it will suggest cranking up the brightness; and if the horizon is crooked, it'll suggest rotating the shot. Also useful (but less photo-centric) if the algorithms detect that you have taken a photo of a document, it will suggest converting it to pdf.
All suggested actions can be confirmed and executed with a single tap.
In addition, Google Photos will receive some colorization tools. For example, a person in an image can be accentuated by desaturating the background and slightly increasing saturation on the subject. There'll also be a new function to automatically colorize old black-and-white images.
According to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the new features will roll out in the next couple of months, so keep an eye on DPReview and we'll let you know when it's time to update your Google Photos app.