Google expands Magic Editor access to older Pixels

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Magic Editor

Google has made its exciting Magic Editor feature accessible to older Pixel smartphones. Previously limited to select Pixel models and Google One subscribers, Magic Editor employs Google’s advanced artificial intelligence to offer enhanced photo editing capabilities — and now without the need for a Google One subscription.

In an act of digital inclusivity, Google plans to roll out these powerful tools to all users, no matter the age or model of their phone. The move sees Google making strides to broaden its consumer base, embracing various demographic backgrounds, and making tech more user-friendly.

As Google continues to expand its digital influence, this initiative is welcomed by users. This more democratic access to Google’s suite of tools signifies an exciting development in Google’s pursuit of technology accessibility.

As of May 15, Pixel 7 and Pixel 6 series owners can make use of the Magic Editor without a Google One subscription.

Expanding Magic Editor access to older Pixels

Users can now more readily access this advanced editing feature at no extra cost, tweak elements such as brightness, contrast, and saturation straight from their phones. Google once again proving their commitment to adding value for users globally.

The Magic Editor’s capabilities include altering photo size and positioning, removing unwanted elements, and even adding artistic presets. While Non-Pixel users are limited to ten free saves per month (a restriction lifted with a Google One subscription), Pixel users enjoy unlimited use of the Magic Editor, gaining access to a variety of tools, filters, and customizable options for all their photo editing needs.

Google is also set to introduce AI-based editing options including the Magic Eraser, Photo Unblur, HDR effect, Portrait Light, Color Pop, and Sky suggestions. Each feature aims to simplify and streamline the photo editing process, while also giving users the ability to create high-quality pictures with ease.

The Magic Eraser can remove unwanted objects, Photo Unblur reduces blur, the HDR effect increases photo detail, Color Pop adds contrasting color, Portrait Light modifies lighting effects, and Sky Suggestions enhance the look of the sky.

Free availability for Android, iOS, and Chrome OS platforms is imminent, further extending Magic Editor’s reach. While restrictions for Non-Pixel users exist, Google’s move to broaden Magic Editor’s scope is nonetheless commendable.

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