Google Photos brings Real Tone to more Android phones with a selection of new filters
What do you want to know
- Google launched the Monk Skin Tone Scale at its I/O 2022 developer conference.
- The scale will promote fairness of skin tone in Google search and other products.
- Real Tone is now available on Android phones outside of Pixel devices, enhanced by the Monk Skin Tone Scale.
Real Tone has been one of the best features of Google’s latest Pixel smartphones, allowing the cameras to better perceive darker skin tones. This feature is now available on other Android phones via Google Photos alongside the new Monk Skin Tone Scale.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the official Android account announced that top Android phones now have access to Real Tone filters rated using the Monk Skin Tone Scale. These filters are coming to Google Photos, allowing users to enhance their photos to better reflect a variety of skin tones, especially for people of color.
The new Real Tone filters from @GooglePhotos start rolling out to #Android today! https://t.co/bGulTKb9EIMay 24, 2022
The Monk Skin Tone Scale is an open source project developed by Harvard professor and sociologist Dr. Ellis Monk, consisting of ten diverse shades meant to represent a wider range of skin tones. Because it’s open-source, developers have access to scale to use on various projects and products. Google intends to do just that, using AI and machine learning in search to help users find more inclusive results based on their skin tone.
We’ve already noticed that new filters are coming to the Google Photos editor, including the Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert, and Clay filters. Selecting any of these will display a “Made with Real Tone” label, and you can, of course, adjust the strength of each filter.
As someone with darker skin, I’ve played around with filters before and can already see the benefits of bringing Real Tone to more phones, even through the Google Photos app. While I may not be a fan of the Pixel camera system for its lack of certain features, it’s often the first one I choose if I need a quick photo or selfie, mostly because of the AI and the quality of its representation of my skin. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for many other Android phones, so these new filters should be a big step towards better selfies.
The new filters are available on Google Photos on Android, iOS, and on the web.
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Google Pixel 6 Pro
The Pixel 6 Pro is one of the best Android phones you can buy, thanks in part to the Tensor chip and its versatile camera setup. With built-in Real Tone technology, it is able to capture images that better reflect different skin tones.