Google Photos’ ‘Color pop’ feature now rolling out to Android users in Canada

Color pop feature leaves the subject in colour and changes background to greyscale

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Google has pushed out the “Color pop” update on its Photos app to more users.

The update reads:

“Starting today, you might start seeing these new creations in the Assistant tab. The subject of your photo will stay in color but the background will be in black and white.”

The Assistant tab in Photos creates animations — by combining multiple photos to make them look animated — albums and stylizes photos. As of right now I don’t have any photos with the ‘Color pop’ feature. That said, it’s a a cool addition to the Photos app, as there doesn’t seem to be any way of editing photos and creating this effect yourself within the photos app.

This update started releasing on May 11th and has now rolled out to many more Android devices — though all of the phones in our office are at least running Android 8.0 Oreo. iOS handsets have yet to receive the update.

The new feature can’t be applied to every photo and must be used with images that have clearly defined subject. In theory this feature will work great with photos that have the bokeh effect applied.

Color pop uses Google Assistant AI to isolate subjects and then remove colour from the rest of the image.

Let us know in the comments below if you’ve gotten the update and your thoughts on the new feature.

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