Google Photos, the popular photo-sharing service launched by Google in May 2015, has recently undergone an update that significantly enhances its recognition capabilities. With this latest update, Google Photos now has the ability to identify individuals in photos even when their backs are facing the camera at the time the image was captured. This advancement marks a significant improvement in the service’s ability to accurately recognize and categorize people in users’ photo collections, further enhancing the overall user experience.
In response to an inquiry from Android Authority, the tech giant stated, “We are constantly enhancing our capabilities to assist users in organizing and locating photos of themselves and their loved ones. Recently, we have made improvements to our models, enabling Google Photos to more effectively group individuals based on clothing and other visual indicators across photos taken within a similar time frame.” Android Authority’s Rita El Khoury was the first to notice and report on this feature.
El Khoury highlighted in a recent article that she noticed an intriguing development in Google Photos. She observed that several images of her husband, captured from behind, started appearing under his profile, and to her surprise, the images were accurately tagged as well. This indicates that Google Photos is now capable of recognizing individuals even when their backs are facing the camera, providing a more comprehensive and accurate photo organization experience.
According to El Khoury’s observations, in certain instances, the tags for images where individuals are recognized from behind appear slightly different from those of traditionally recognized facial images. In these cases, even if a face is successfully recognized, users may encounter a message stating ‘face available to add.’ This indicates that Google acknowledges the possibility of the feature not being entirely accurate, indicating that it may not always achieve a 100% accuracy rate.
In cases where a tag is incorrect, users have the option to modify the identified individual or completely remove the tag. This allows users to have control over the accuracy of the tagging and ensure that the correct individuals are associated with their respective photos.