Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Google's AR stickers now available on Pixel phones

Google's AR stickers now available on Pixel phones

To kick things off, Google has provided a couple (five to be precise) of interesting sticker packs such as characters from Stranger Things, Star Wars, food items like an exhausted coffee-to-go, and a few more. Otherwise, you can change the size of the 3D characters by pinching with your fingers, move them up and down by swiping with two fingers, and rotate them by spinning clockwise or counterclockwise with two fingers. And the pictures and videos captured are ideal for sharing with friends on social media.

Google also released a special trailer for the Star Wars AR Stickers.

The arrival of Android 8.1 Oreo brings an exciting new augmented reality feature Google calls AR Stickers -- movable animated figures that you can place in photos and videos. Well, the search giant has released the AR Stickers app in the Play Store. It's because the AR stickers are coded to only work on the Google Pixel phones, but the restrictions are actually fairly easy to spoof.

There are also some new AR stickers fo9r the popular Netflix show Stranger Things and more, you can find out more information over at Google at the link below.

To explore this, open up the camera app, switch to AR Stickers mode, choose a sticker pack, and drop them into the scene. Next, the minimum SDK version of the app is 27, which means it requires Android 8.1 to run. The £50 discount on the phones will be available until December 16, while for the free Home Mini you can order a Pixel 2 or 2 XL until the end of the year.

R2-D2 and BB-8 visit an apartment thanks to AR Stickers. Depending on the sticker, there are some touch controls that you can use to make the item fit the scene better.

After tapping one of these categories, a second level of options will appear with all of the different AR sticker options. After successfully updating the app, you can visit the respective pages accordingly. Fortunately, Android 8.1 is officially available for the Google Nexus 6P, so that's not a problem. Google has to revamp the entire camera interface of the Google stock app.

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.

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