Google ditches automatic “beauty mode” selfies in new Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a – for the sake of mental health of users

Google has made some changes to the proprietary Google Camera application related to various filters and selfie retouching.

What changed
Previously, the “beauty mode”, which eliminates imperfections in the face and smoothes the skin, was automatically turned on, and many users did not even know about it. But Google found that when people retouched their photos, they set too high demands on their appearance. Simply put, they compared themselves to “perfect” pictures, which negatively affects the psyche.

Therefore, in the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a 5G smartphones, automatic touch-up is disabled. Of course, users will be able to choose different filters to improve the photo, but they will do it on their own and consciously. Moreover, when you select a mode, a corresponding notification will appear on the screen. You can also adjust the strength of the effect.

Google is urging other manufacturers to turn off automatic modes and not use the word “beauty” in their names. Whether someone will listen to this advice is not sure.