Google’s machine learning tech now makes reading comic books on mobile devices a lot easier

Replicating the experience of reading a comic on a mobile device isn’t easy. Google Play Books improved things last year with an update that offered a scrolling landscape layout when readers flipped devices on their sides. But now a new feature could see digital comics become as enjoyable to read as their physical counterparts. At San Diego Comic-Con, which runs until this Sunday, Google just revealed Bubble Zoom. In what must be one of the best uses of machine learning, the system is able to detect speech bubbles in comics and increase their size. Previously, if a speech bubble was too small to read clearly – often a problem on mobile devices with smaller screens – you would have to enlarge them using the traditional two-fingered zoom function, which tends…


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