Google’s Magic Editor available on Samsung phones; Magic Eraser and more available for free


Google’s AI-powered photo-editing feature – Magic Editor – is now coming to Samsung smartphones and older Pixel devices. The feature was first introduced with the company’s Pixel 8 lineup of smartphones and was exclusive to them for some time. However, Google announced in April that several photo-editing features powered by artificial intelligence (AI) will make their way to other Android smartphones as well and will be available through the Google Photos app.

AI-powered editing features on Android smartphones

Although Google previously announced that the Magic Editor would be available on Android smartphones from May 15, it is now being rolled out to a wider range of handsets. First spotted by 9to5Mac, the changes appear following a Google Photos app update that brings it to version 9.85.

One of the features coming to Android devices is Magic Editor, which was first rolled out with the Google Pixel 8 series. Leveraging generative AI, Magic Editor can retouch photos by giving users the freedom to transform images. Using the tools in Google Photos, they can retouch the subject or replace the background or sky.

Gadgets 360 staff were unable to confirm the rollout of the Magic Editor feature on Samsung smartphones, even on Google Photos app version 9.86.

According to the report, Magic Editor can be used for free on older Pixel smartphones, but there is a limit for Samsung and other Android handsets. The report says that users will be able to save 10 Magic Editor libraries every month, after which they will need a Google One subscription.

According to the report, other features like Photo Unblur, Magic Eraser, Portrait Blur, Sky Suggest, Cinematic Photos, Portrait Light, and more have been made free for Android users, which were previously under a paid plan. This means that while editing photos, users will no longer face Google One restrictions. This change was also visible to Gadgets 360 members on several devices from other OEMs.

Notably, Google One subscription starts at Rs 130 per month for the basic plan, which gives users access to 100GB of storage for Photos, Gmail, and Drive. However, only the premium plan offers access to Magic Editor and other AI-powered photo editing features, which costs Rs 650 per month.

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