Facebook and Google Are Trying to Catch Up on AR

Facebook and Google Are Trying to Catch Up on AR

Facebook and Google Are Trying to Catch Up on AR

Not long now until the new Star Wars The Last Jedi hits the cinema, Google is celebrating its release with some new Star Wars AR stickers for their Google Pixel 2 smartphone. Google also explained that the AR stickers can be moved around, resized, dragged around, and can also interact with the environment by responding to the camera and interacting with other characters that are placed in the scene.

How to Get AR Stickers on Your Pixel Smartphone?

Google recently introduced Google Lens in the Google Assistant on Pixel so users can learn more about the world around them. "AR Stickers", in case you missed it, is essentially a mode that lives inside the native camera app's hamburger menu along with others such as Portrait and Panorama.

The Star Wars stickers look to be the most detailed from the promotional videos and images Google has released, while the Stranger Things ones are more cartoon-like in their appearance. The Android 8.1 Oreo update has added two new apps to your Pixel smartphone- AR Stickers and AR Core.

Google is collaborating with many brands to make the AR experience even better on the Pixel phones. The new AR stickers work on top of Augmented Reality technology, and they appear as they exist in the real scene. Fast-forward to December, it's rolling out the new feature to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, kicking it off with Star Wars and Stranger Things themes. Note that the "panda" black and white color version of the Pixel 2 XL even seems to be in stock at the moment - it turns out, miracles do happen after all. The operator doesn't offer any kind of price cut on the Pixels, but if you do purchase one of the new generation models on contract, you'll get a free full-size Google Home.

If you are in the market for getting a brand new flagship smartphone, the Google Pixel 2 is now one of your best bets. Another useful feature in Oreo 8.1 for Pixel users: Wi-Fi speed labels show you how fast nearby networks are.

After updating both the applications, you can head over to the stock camera application and swipe from the left, where you can see "AR Stickers" feature. For instance, it will take a user to the Google Maps app, if it detects that an address was copied.

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