At I/O 2018 final yr, Google promised a few options for Google Photos with a rollout slated for a number of months later. One such promised characteristic was Colorize that enabled customers to revive a black and white photograph right into a colored picture. Google stated that it managed to realize this utilizing its Tensor Processing Unit chips that energy all these new options. The Colorize characteristic acquired a loud applause throughout the keynote, and was anticipated to launch quickly, however the firm hasn’t managed to roll it out but. Now, one yr later, Google has lastly introduced an replace concerning the delay.
Product Lead for Google Photos, David Lieb, introduced on Twitter that the characteristic wasn’t prepared but for a industrial launch. He stated that Colorize remains to be within the works and the corporate does not wish to rush it out, earlier than fine-tuning all of the loopholes. To give an instance, he shared a video exhibiting how the Colorize characteristic nonetheless had errors. In the video, Lieb tried to Colorize his 104 yr previous grandfather’s wedding ceremony photograph, and the characteristic colored his grandpa’s pants to pink. He added, “You can see we have some work to do; my grandfather didn’t wear pink pants to his wedding!”
Lastly, Lieb stated that he hopes to launch Colorize in beta quickly, however did not supply an actual timeline for the launch.
Google additionally introduced a Color Pop characteristic alongside, and that was rolled out to few Android customers quickly after. The characteristic used synthetic intelligence (AI) to rework background into black and white whereas persevering with to point out colors with regards to the photograph.