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Google Extends AI-Powered Editing Suite, Including Magic Editor, to All Google Photos Users at No Cost

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Google has announced a significant expansion of its editing capabilities for Google Photos, making advanced AI-powered tools, such as the Magic Editor, accessible to all users for free. Previously exclusive to Pixel devices and paid subscribers, features like Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, Portrait Light, and others will now be available to a wider audience.

This move marks a departure from the previous strategy where such features were reserved for high-end Pixel phones and Google One subscribers. The decision reflects Google’s recognition of the growing demand for AI-based editing tools in the market.

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However, there are certain prerequisites and timelines associated with this expansion. The rollout of these tools will commence on May 15, with availability gradually reaching all Google Photos users over the following weeks. Additionally, specific hardware requirements must be met, such as ChromeOS version 118+ or at least 3 GB RAM for Chromebook Plus, and Android 8.0 or higher, or iOS 15 or higher for mobile devices.

The flagship feature among these enhancements is the Magic Editor, leveraging generative AI for intricate photo edits previously requiring professional software like Photoshop. With Magic Editor, users can perform complex tasks like altering backgrounds, filling gaps in photos, and removing unwanted elements with ease.

While Magic Editor will be accessible to all Pixel devices, iOS, and Android users will receive 10 Magic Editor saves per month if their devices meet the specified requirements. Beyond this limit, a Premium Google One subscription will be necessary, entailing a storage plan of 2TB or higher.

Moreover, a suite of other editing tools, including Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, and various effects for both photos and videos, will be available to all Google Photos users without the need for a Google One subscription.

Although some features like AI-powered Best Take remain exclusive to Pixel 8 and 8 Pro devices, Google’s move signals a significant democratization of advanced editing capabilities, empowering a broader user base to enhance their photography skills effortlessly.