The Google Photo app for Android could offer a great new feature. Currently, two solutions exist to reproduce the Bokeh effect (soft focus) on our smartphones. Either the manufacturer uses a dual sensor that detects the subject positioned in the foreground, or on the contrary, it is only a software solution based on an algorithm. Contrary to what one might think the software solution is also very effective, the proof is the excellent results of the Google Pixel 2 in this area.
A quality similar to Pixel 2?
Indeed, the teams of the Android Police site have looked at the latest version 3.23 of Google Photo and they have discovered new settings for the depth of field and the intensity of the blur in the code of the application. This means that Google could offer the Pixel 2 Bokeh effect to the rest of Android users.
For the moment, it is impossible to know if it is a “cheap” algorithm or a version similar to that of Pixel 2. Regarding its operation, the settings should be accessible from the editor, but it is likely that Google offers an automated system – as it is already the case with the “stylized photos”.
Finally, remember that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL scored 98 on DxOMark. When launched in 2017, it was simply the best performance for a smartphone.