Google Photos working on ‘Unblur video’ feature, may debut on Pixel 8 series: Report

Google recently introduced tools relying on AI and machine learning to the company’s suite of applications and services. While most of the new features are on the software end, the Alphabet-owned search giant also managed to take advantage of its Tensor 2 SoC to introduce intelligent features for Google Photos, such as the Magic Eraser and Photos Unblur features on its smartphones Is. Pixel 7 series. The company is reportedly gearing up to take it a step further by introducing a new feature on Google Photos that will allow users to unblur videos on their handsets.

According to a report by 9to5Google, Google is working on a new video unblur feature for Google Photos that will allow users to unblur videos through intelligent sharpening and noise reduction. Initially the feature could be powered by the machine learning capabilities of Google’s in-house Tensor chipset, and then be expanded to other phones.

Google has introduced machine learning-based image processing features on its Pixel smartphone devices, the first such introduction being the Magic Eraser tool that debuted on Google Photos for the Pixel 6 series. This tool enables users to remove objects and change the color or brightness of objects in the image. The company was later seen expanding the feature to other devices as long as they have a Google One subscription.

More recently, Google introduced a Photo Unblur feature on the Pixel 7 series that debuted in October last year, allowing users to unblur photos through intelligent sharpening and de-noising. However, unlike the Magic Eraser tool, the feature remains exclusive to Google’s latest flagship devices, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

The team at 9to5Google reportedly managed to access the UI for Google’s video unblur tool. However, the tool currently has no effect on videos, indicating that the company is still working on developing the tool, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Google Photos is also reportedly set to get new overlay effects for videos. The feature, which may appear as a separate tab when editing videos on Google Photos, could allow users to add effects to videos, such as video filters seen on other photo and video editing apps. The effects are reportedly set to include 14 unique overlays, including After School, B&W, Chromatic, Forward, Glassy, ​​Golden, Moiré, Multiply, Polaroid, Rainbow Ray, Reflect, RGB Pulse, and more, according to the report. Super 8 and VHS are included. ,

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