One of the great new features that debuted with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro was Magic Eraser, but it also acquired a new feature when the Pixel 6a was covered in camouflage. It has now been announced that the new function will be added to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in the coming days.
In the Google Photos editor on the Pixel 6 series phone, camouflage adds Magic Erasers’ standard ability to remove objects or photobombers from an image. The function debuted at Google I/O 2022 and was primarily unceremoniously introduced as an Pixel 6a benefit.
In our review of the Pixel 6a from earlier this week, we mentioned the function.
Camouflage in the Google Photos app is the lone new feature that comes with the Pixel 6a and will soon be available for the rest of the lineup. At Google I/O, the Magic Eraser app received an update that added the ability to muffle the colors of objects in photos so they don’t detract from the main topic. We haven’t given this feature much of a test, but the results are exactly what Google promises.
Using Magic Erasers Camouflage, we were able to rapidly pick up a bothersome cup in the background of the photo and swiftly change its hue to a less conspicuous muted orange. You can see our results below. We discovered that the feature isn’t always faultless and that some shots simply don’t function well with the technology. However, it can undoubtedly be a useful tool to have on hand, much like the standard item remover.
The Pixel 6a comes pre-installed with camouflage, although the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are also rumored to support the function. Google confirmed to The Verge that Camouflage will be available for both phones on July 28—the same day that Pixel 6a ships is made available to customers.