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Stranger Things, Star Wars AR emojis landing on Pixel phones

Stranger Things, Star Wars AR emojis landing on Pixel phones

Originally revealed at Google's October 4th hardware event, AR stickers on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL add a new element to your camera by giving you various digital elements which can be placed throughout the scene. They seem to have a much better quality than the Stranger Things AR stickers that we've seen previews of before and are also being released today.

The Star Wars stickers look to be the most detailed from the promotional videos and images Google has released, while the Stranger Things ones are more cartoon-like in their appearance.

And now Pixel 2 owners, as well as those rocking an OG Pixel running Android 8.1, can get a small taste of what's to come with the new AR Stickers pack.

We're just a couple of days away from the Star Wars juggernaut once again hitting our movie screens, but our mobile devices are no exemption from all the fun shenanigans.




Beyond Stranger Things, sticker packages, which are free, include characters from including Stormtroopers, R2-D2 and BB-8.

The only devices now running Android 8.1 are Google's Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, so you'll need one of those to get in on the fun. However, the apps require Android 8.1 Oreo. Then, you'll be able to start placing stickers in your surroundings, which is as simple as dragging and dropping them. A competitor for Apple Inc.'s ARKit, ARCore has a wide variety of functions that allow developers to add AR capability to apps and now it's fundamental to upcoming Google phones. Google has to revamp the entire camera interface of the Google stock app. A user can now just activate the Assistant and Lens will be one of the options. Once you capture a picture or video you can quickly and easily share with friends on your favorite social network.

Google has released Augmented Reality stickers for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which are now available on the Google Play Store. This isn't anything new to anyone used to Snapchat; you get a bunch of animated 3D "stickers" that work together with the camera and be dropped around in your environment.