Google Photos will add colour to your old black-and-white photographs

Google is adding more AI-powered smart functionality to Photos, which will soon be able to apply realistic-looking colour to black-and-white pictures.

It’s a clever update that received plenty of oohs and aahs when it was announced at Google I/O 2018.

Related: Google I/O 2018

The most notable upcoming feature is the ability to colourise old photographs. After taking a picture of an old picture, Google’s artificial intelligence will analyse the image and allow you to tap a button to instantly add colour to it.

The original black-and-white picture

It worked impressively during the on-stage demo at Google I/O, but we’ll wait to pass judgement until we’ve used it ourselves.

Google Photos will also soon be able to suggest quick edits on pictures, such as a rotation or increasing exposure, or even making the main subject stand out by making the background black and white.

Photos will also recognise documents, and allow you to convert photographs of them into PDFs that look just like scans.

It isn’t clear when these features will roll out to the Google Photos app, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know.

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