Google Photos’ new features come to you

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During the portion of yesterday’s Google I/O keynote devoted to Google Photos, the niftiest single moment was when the app recolored a black-and-white photo, intelligently making the grass green and applying an appropriate wood tone to a piece of outdoor seating. I knew that the AI behind this feature involved a major investment of time and effort: I first saw an early version of it back in the fall of 2016, when I was working on a profile of CEO Sundar Pichai and got to sit in on the meeting at which the Google Photos team demonstrated it to him for the first time.