"Google Pixel 6 can remove unwanted objects from photos"


Not long now and Google releases the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Both phones are fitted with Google's first self-developed chipset; Tensor. Officially, it is still unclear what advantage both phones have because of this. Google itself speaks about camera advantages and we have a solid clue about what exactly.

But first we go back to May 17, 2017. Google held its annual I/O event and showed an interesting demonstration of the Photos app. During this demonstration, unwanted objects were removed from photos. A fence in the foreground or a person in the background. Hugely useful you would say yet this 'Magic Eraser' feature never saw the day of light.

Google Magic Eraser demo
Magic Eraser demo at Google I/O

Back to the Pixel 6 because a reference to this 'Magic Eraser' was found in its source code. So it's quite possible that Google wants to roll out the feature exclusively to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. And it's quite possible that the Tensor chip will play an important role in that. In its 2017 demo, Google already revealed that this form of object removal is possible thanks to Machine Learning, something the Tensor is extremely good at.

Magic Eraser

This 'Magic Eraser' or 'Swiss' function is not the only feature that XDA Developer found in the source code. 'Face deblur', 'Scene lock' and 'Front torch' are some others. From the name, you can figure out what these features do. Still, we are curious about Google's explanation on this and that may follow soon. If the rumors are true, the official unveiling will take place in mid-October.

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