Google's "AR Stickers" app is now available for Pixel phones

Posted December 13, 2017

You can use Foodmoji and 3D Text stickers when you're feeling hungry; or shoot a celebratory video at your New Year's party with AR balloons and champagne.

As demoed on-stage at the Google Pixel 2's launch event, all of the phone's AR capabilities are built directly into the camera application. They're introducing Augmented Reality Stickers for these phones Made by Google so you can add these virtual characters and emojis to your photos and videos as you send them to your loved ones.

Providing you have one of the Pixel 2 phones or an original Pixel handset, you can simply download the update to Android 8.1 being now rolled out by Google, and the AR Stickers feature will appear in the settings on the Pixel phones' camera app. Anyone who takes a video with the Pixel can now add so-called AR Stickers - including some scary Stormtroopers, just in time for the release of "The Last Jedi".

Depending on the area that you're pointing your camera at, you might have to move your phone around so that it can analyze the area.

To get it working on your Pixel 2 all you need is to download/update the ARCore and AR Stickers apps from the Play Store and the setting will appear in the settings of your camera app.

Google's "AR Stickers" app is now available for Pixel phones

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

To explore this, open up the camera app, switch to AR Stickers mode, choose a sticker pack, and drop them into the scene. The Android 8.1 Oreo update has added two new apps to your Pixel smartphone- AR Stickers and AR Core. We'll also show you how to get it running on the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and Xiaomi Mi 5 thanks to the work of a developer on our forum.

There are many creative ways through which you can utilize the AR stickers. These augmented labels include Strange Things kids and characters of Star Wars.

Eventually, the stickers will interact with each other, and I was surprised to find that Google lets you place any combination of figures from different packs in the same scene -- meaning Eleven can eat her Eggos in the company of a Stormtrooper, if you allow it. This new set of stickers was available initially only to those with a Google Pixel device. That should bring up options for Slow Motion, Panorama, Photo Sphere, Lens Blur, Settings, and AR Stickers.