Google says retouched selfies can make people feel good about themselves, so it changes how it handles these photos on the latest phones. For the Pixel 4A, 4A 5G, and the 5, it will turn off face retouching by default from the Camera app. It will soon update phones to reset retouch options and avoid any kind of word judgment, such as using the word “beauty.” If someone wants to use face retouching effects, Google will detail how the settings are applied and how it affects the image.
“When you do not know that a camera or photo app has applied a filter, photos can negatively affect mental well-being,”; Google said in a blog post about the changes and why it was done to them. . It is unclear if and when older Pixel devices will receive this update, but the company recommends that all camera apps turn on filters and retouch them by default.
Last year, Isaac Reynolds, the leading manager of Pixel camera products, spoke The Verge about how his team handles face filters and retouching. He mentioned that the team worked with wedding photographers to find the right retouching balance, so people still look like themselves but their best version.
The company has launched a selfie retouching by default for the first time on the Pixel 4, so it’s interesting to see the team reversing the decision. At the time, Google seemed to know that people value accuracy but also want to look their best in pictures. Now, it seems to be more concerned about keeping selfie takers about what is happening in their photos and why.