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Android Oreo 8.1 brings AR Stickers to Pixel 2 and Pixel phones

Android Oreo 8.1 brings AR Stickers to Pixel 2 and Pixel phones Android Oreo 8.1 brings AR Stickers to Pixel 2 and Pixel phones
Lori Graves | 13 December, 2017, 05:19

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.

Google says the Pixel 2/XL have been factory-calibrated for AR, so you'll get the best experience with those phones. Also, these supported devices should be running on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo to use the AR stickers.

So, what are these AR stickers? 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.

You can check out the Star Wars stickers in the video below or the image above and overall they look pretty great.

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

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The Google Pixel smartphones (both the 1st and 2nd generation) received an awesome new feature yesterday: Augmented Reality stickers. Fast-forward to December, it's rolling out the new feature to Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, kicking it off with Star Wars and Stranger Things themes. The 64GB Google Pixel 2 XL which was launched at Rs 73,000 is now available at Rs 64,999, while the 128GB version which was launched at Rs 82,000 is selling at Rs 73,9999. The update will give you access to AR Core as well as AR Stickers. With the Augmented Reality stickers, the user can add the available characters from the app into their photos and videos.

If you are in the market for getting a brand new flagship smartphone, the Google Pixel 2 is now one of your best bets. For postpaid users, the additional data can be carried over from one month to the next with a maximum cap of 200GB. The updated Assistant lets you broadcast your voice from your Pixel to Google Home devices around your house. For instance, it will take a user to the Google Maps app, if it detects that an address was copied.

Finally, Android Oreo 8.1 comes with SmartSelect, which recognises text when long pressed, highlights the relevant words, and then recommends a next logical step via a suggested app.

This feature is powered by Google machine learning, and it can recognise addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and more.

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