Google's New AR Stickers Bring Star Wars to Life

Google's New AR Stickers Bring Star Wars to Life

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.

One of the most exciting features Google introduced with the Pixel 2 phones back in October was something called "AR Stickers". The AR stickers are now rolling out to Pixel users and Google promised to release more sticker packs in the next few months. Those with Pixel phones running Android 8.1 Oreo will have access to AR stickers like Foodmoji, 3D text and celebratory balloons and champagne just in time for the holidays.

Star Wars The Last Jedi lands in the United Kingdom this Thursday the 14th of December and in the U.S. this Friday the 15th of December. This new set of stickers was available initially only to those with a Google Pixel device. As an example, if you put Stranger Things' telekinetic heroine Eleven in scene with the Demogorgan the two will engage in a very short battle (Eleven wins, obviously).

Both the ARCore framework and the AR Stickers are available to download from the Play Store, which would suggest that other Android phones will soon get support for the Google AR features.

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In order to try out the AR stickers, a user just has to open the camera app, switch to AR Stickers mode and choose a sticker pack. It not, your characters may drift a bit and you'll see circled dots around the sticker instead.

You can resize and drag the AR Stickers you drop onto a scene, which are layered on top of your real-life environment. It's likely Google held off on these till the Android 8.1 update was released, which unlocked the Pixel Visual Core. For those that have made it to 8.1, Google says the feature should appear inside the camera app over the "coming days". The Stranger Things will definitely be an exciting option for all Stranger Things fans as it has been one of the best TV phenomenon in the year 2017. The AR stickers work in a fashion similar how live filters work on apps like Snapchat, Instagram.

Google has launched what it calls the Best Buy offer, under which the new Pixel 2 XL has received a temporary price cut.

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