Google’s Magic Editor on Pixel 8 Smartphones Faces Editing Limitations and Error Messages

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Google's Magic Editor on Pixel 8 Smartphones Faces Editing Limitations and Error Messages
(Image: Tobias Költzsch/Golem.de)

Google’s AI photo editing program, Magic Editor, on Pixel 8 smartphones isn’t processing all the photos users submit to it. While some images can have elements marked and deletion requests made, subsequent editing is denied with an error message.

In version 6.60 of Google Photos, specific indications have replaced a generic error message. Android Authority found various error messages in the app’s source code, shedding light on the circumstances in which editing is refused.

Magic Editor, for example, cannot modify identification documents. As tested by Golem.de, users can mark elements like text, but they cannot be deleted. Instead, a notice appears stating that Magic Editor fundamentally cannot alter identification documents.

Faces cannot be edited either, according to the hints discovered by Android Authority. There’s a separate error message for this, though we received a generic one in our test. The Magic Editor also cannot edit other body parts or images containing personal information.

Furthermore, the source code includes a hint that the Magic Editor is getting a text-based AI image creation feature. One of the error messages found by Android Authority suggests that images cannot be generated using the inputted words.

The Magic Editor utilizes AI to process images, allowing users to completely relocate image elements, with the AI generating a new background. It can also replace the entire sky.

The computations appear to be at least partially offloaded, as the Magic Editor does not function without an internet connection on Pixel 8 smartphones.

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