Google recently updated Google+ with not only a new layout (that I’m not that fond of), but a whole bunch of new photo features.
First up is Auto Enhance. This feature is much like the auto optimize button in Picasa, which adjusts brightness, contrast, shadowing and also color to create what is hopefully a better looking photo. It will also reduce noise in the photo, optimize tonal distribution and saturation. But that’s just child’s play, as it is said to automatically hide blemishes in the skin, which is more akin to Photoshop, and could no doubt go south very fast if it misinterprets a mole for a zit.
Also on the list of enhancement is Auto Awesomeness. Stupid name aside, this feature looks to also enhance your photo experience through the use of GIF creation (as seen above). Upload a number of photos at the same time and it will try to string them together in a short animated picture. Auto Awesomeness is also capable of making auto panoramas and HDR photos if the correct type of pictures are uploaded.
Auto Highlight is another new feature to Google+ Photos. It negates blurry or duplicate photos from the mix and picks the best one. This means if you have 100s of photos from a recent trip or party, you won’t have to manually filter out the useless shots.
And last on the list is auto tagging of photos. While this may seem useless, it will allow you to search for photos just by typing in what you’re looking for. Android Police ran a test and had overwhelmingly positive results. Visual recognition can be scary for some users since it’s a bit invasive, but much like the aforementioned features you should be able to disable it.