Google Pixel 2 update brings Augmented Reality stickers, new features to Assistant

Stormtrooper looks so real

Stormtrooper looks so real

You can also use Foodmoji and 3D text stickers, and since New Year's is a few weeks away, you get AR champagne and balloons.

Even if there isn't a lot of content available right now, Google plans to unveil even more AR Stickers soon, so keep an eye out. 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.

These new AR stickers are only available on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, they can be seen in action in the video below.

Provided you have the necessary hardware, though, using AR Stickers is simple and easy.

Those Pixel users who wish to take part in the release of these Star Wars AR Stickers should head over to Google Play and tap the install button.

Augmented Reality vs Reality
Augmented Reality vs Reality

Scroll down and find AR Stickers. 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. These AR stickers allow users to place 3D digital objects inside of their smartphone's camera viewfinder.

This is not the first time when a tech company is promoting an entertainment thing, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is also promoting Star Wars' upcoming movie with its special Star Wars edition which is holding some unique and unusual looks and themes. After launching ARCore on Pixel and Galaxy S8 smartphones, Google wants to have 100 million Android devices supported by the technology, TechCrunch reported in August. Once you download them, they will appear in the main Camera app.

The Pixel 2 XL also feature always-on display to show you notifications, and the song that is playing on your smartphone. The stickers themselves can be moved through the scene and will attempt to guess at floors, walls, benches and other objects. These augmented labels include Strange Things kids and characters of Star Wars. We haven't heard much about these stickers since the phones launched in October, but we're happy to report that they're finally here. After you have updated AR Core and AR Stickers apps on your phone, you will get a new mode in the camera app called AR Stickers. You can also resize stickers with a pinch-to-zoom gesture.

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

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