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Google Pixel 2 Gets New Star Wars AR Stickers

13 December 2017

That's why it's no surprise that Google is, at least for now, limiting its new AR stickers to the phones the company makes itself. You will be limited to only a handful of packs in the app at the time of writing, which include the Star Wars and Stranger Things offerings.

The Android 8.1 software update from Google means Pixel 2 smartphone users can engage with "Star Wars", "Stranger Things" and other AR stickers that can be added to their photos and videos when using the Pixel camera, TechCrunch reported. All you have to do is update your phone and press on the AR emoji you want to merge on the environment in which you are making your video or clicking your picture.

Google's AR stickers will include characters from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi film with characters like BB-8 and R2-D2. The smartphone comes with a 12.2MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and optical and electronic image stabilisation with LED flash. This could be down to ARCore shunning the need for a depth sensor, or simply indicate that the underlying AR framework is in its early days.

In case you don't remember ARCore is Google's augmented reality platform, build upon the work Google previously did with Tango.

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The photographic world of Pixel and Pixel 2 owners just got more interesting now that Google Inc. has released its augmented reality stickers. On a desktop computer, the user may also log in to their Google account and download this app remotely - just so long as they target a Pixel smartphone. The camera app will now ask you to drag stickers to the viewfinder. That should bring up options for Slow Motion, Panorama, Photo Sphere, Lens Blur, Settings, and AR Stickers. For instance, if you place Eleven next to a Demogorgon, they'll engage in a short battle. You can move the elements around, resize and rotate them, and they'll even interact with the other characters in the scene. SmartSelect can recognise addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and more.

Google tested its AR Stickers App during the launch of Pixel 2.

The AR stickers aren't life-changing of course, but isn't it unbelievable that you can now add BB-8, a stormtrooper, or a porg when you're posing for pictures or taking a video?

Google Pixel 2 Gets New Star Wars AR Stickers