Google's New AR Stickers Bring Star Wars to Life

Randall Craig
December 13, 2017

Google's "Last Jedi" content is the tech giant's way of showing that it's back on track with AR technology that is accessible to a wider audience, while appealing to fans of the "Star Wars" franchise.

When you add two AR stickers, they both can even interact with each other.

At the bottom of the screen, you have the option to either take a picture or video of your AR masterpiece. The AR stickers are now rolling out to Pixel users and Google promised to release more sticker packs in the next few months.

Google's is finally bringing its augmented reality (AR) stickers supported through its ARCore to Android and the Play Store, providing you have a Pixel phone.

Of course, the big feature is the addition of the AR stickers to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

You need to own a Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, or Pixel 2 XL to use AR Stickers. That's pretty much it, and all the stickers in the world - namely, Google stickers - including the Stranger Things and Star Wars characters are at the users' fingertips. 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.

To explore this, open up the camera app, switch to AR Stickers mode, choose a sticker pack, and drop them into the scene. 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.

However, the AR effects breakdown when someone walks in front of the camera causing a character to be superimposed onto them not the target object. Depending on the sticker, there are some touch controls that you can use to make the item fit the scene better. This new set of stickers was available initially only to those with a Google Pixel device. 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. Plus, the Assistant now speaks new languages, including Spanish and Italian. Google says this feature is powered by machine learning. Fortunately, Android 8.1 is officially available for the Google Nexus 6P, so that's not a problem.

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