What you need to know
- Google debuted the Monk Skin Tone Scale at its I/O 2022 developer conference.
- The scale will promote skin tone equity throughout Google Search and other products.
- Real Tone is now available on Android phones outside of Pixel devices, enhanced by the Monk Skin Tone Scale.
Real Tone has been one of the best features of Google’s latest Pixel smartphones, allowing the cameras to better perceive darker skin tones. This feature is now coming to other Android phones through Google Photos alongside the new Monk Skin Tone Scale.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the official Android account announced that the best Android phones are now gaining access to Real Tone filters that are evaluated using the Monk Skin Tone Scale. These filters are arriving on Google Photos, allowing users to enhance their photos to better reflect a variety of skin tones, particularly for people of color.
The new Real Tone filters in @GooglePhotos are starting to roll out today on #Android! https://t.co/bGulTKb9EIMay 24, 2022
The Monk Skin Tone Scale is an open-source project developed by Harvard professor and sociologist Dr. Ellis Monk, consisting of ten diverse shades meant to represent a wider range of skin tones. Because it’s open-source, developers have access to the scale to use on various projects and products. Google intends to do just that, using AI and machine learning across Search to help users find more inclusive results based on their skin tone.
We’ve already noticed the new filters arrive on the Google Photos editor, including Playa, Honey, Isla, Desert, and Clay filters. Selecting any of them will display a “Made with Real Tone” tag, and you can, of course, adjust the strength of each filter.