Facebook is copying one of Google+’s best features: auto-enhanced photos. Google calls their version “auto-awesome“, which debuted May of 2013. Both social networks now automatically enhance your photos to look better, but Google+ still wins for cuteness.
The auto-enhance feature uses computers to figure out what will make a photo look better. If your picture is too dark, the computer algorithm will boost the exposure. If your picture is too blue, it’ll adjust the temperature.
Users still get some control over how their photos look. They’ll be able to adjust the intensity of the auto-enhanced feature. By defaulting to auto-enhanced images, Facebook hopes it’ll take the guess work out of editing your photos before posting them.
The auto-enhance feature has existed in Facebook’s apps for a while but it was never enabled by default until now. You still have the option to edit your photos with filters and other enhancements if you want manual control.
The announcement follows Instagram’s release of five new photo filters.
UPDATE: If you don’t want Facebook to aut0-enhance your photos by default because you trust your photography skills, you can do so pretty easily. Gizmodo has a guide on how to do it. Simply navigate to the More button from the sidebar and tap on Video and Photos. Under that menu you will see the option to toggle Enhance automatically.
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