The latest Pixel 6a Magic Eraser trick has spread to the rest of the Pixel 6 series

The new Camouflage feature is on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro for us

Google has given the Pixel 6a a cool new Camouflage feature to Magic Eraser, which gives Google Photos’ built-in editing tool the ability to select objects in a scene and color them in a different color that stands out less. It is a subtle way to modify the image by drawing the eye to more important parts of the image. Google told us during our review that it will arrive in the rest of the Pixel 6 series after the 6a launch, and as of today we can confirm it’s showing up on phones around various remote Android Police offices.


The Made By Google Twitter account also tweeted the feature, which means it “just landed,” prompting us to check if it actually showed up on our phones — the last time we checked, it wasn’t.

If you’re not familiar with it, we touched on the feature in our Pixel 6a review. In Google Photos on compatible devices, under Edit -> Tools -> Magic Eraser, you’ll now see a toggle that lets you switch between Erase mode and Blur mode. The latter allows you to circle or brush to select parts of the image you want to color best with its surroundings, and Google’s AI image editors will select the color least likely to stand in that area of ​​the image Mask the object itself, then color it even Merge.

The subtraction mechanism is not clear. My Pixel 6 Pro has this feature but hasn’t seen an update to the Google Photos app for several days. The feature can be linked to another app like Play Services or Android System Intelligence, or it may be ready and waiting inside Google Photos and simply waiting for the feature tag to be flipped remotely after the launch of the Pixel 6a — it was previously on the Pixel 6a during the review period.

As you can see, the feature has the same minimum requirements as Magic Eraser itself, so you won’t be able to use it on Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, or older phones — it’s a Tensor party only, so that means the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro phones pick it up. However, there have been workarounds to this extent, allowing you to enable Magic Eraser on any Pixel running Android 12, and I expect that to extend to the Camouflage feature as well.

We all have this feature checked out by Android Police, but if for some reason it doesn’t show up on your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro, consider checking back for app updates or restarting your phone, just in case.

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