Google launches Star Wars augmented reality stickers for the Pixel and Pixel 2

After announcing them back in October, Google is launching its augmented reality stickers on the Pixel and Pixel 2 this week. The stickers are cute 3D creatures that appear inside of photos and videos taken in Google’s camera app using new AR tech to appear like they’re really in the scene.

To make the whole thing a bit more fun, Google is launching the feature with two branded sticker sets: Stranger Things and Star Wars. You’ll be able to pull up cartoon versions of the Stranger Things kids and the Demogorgon (with season one outfits — so probably no punk Eleven), as well as a handful of Star Wars characters and creatures, including stormtroopers, R2-D2, BB-8, and porgs.

Google also has a handful of its own creatures, including a donut, a coffee mug, and a weightlifting stalk of broccoli. Early videos using the feature suggest the stickers work pretty well.

These AR stickers are exclusive to Pixel phones for the time being. They also require that phones are updated to Android 8.1 — and not all phones have received the update yet. For those that have made it to 8.1, Google says the feature should appear inside the camera app over the “coming days.” It also plans to release more sticker packs in the future.

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I want 8.1

I have a Pixel 2 XL and still no 8.1 yet!

Same. What the heck is that about?

Apparently the "check for update" button isn’t pulling updates for us like Google said it would. Plus with the carrier approval process, the OTA’s rollout has been wildly varied. I just went ahead and manually sideloaded it.

Got it, I’ll just do it manually.

I just got it 5 minutes ago via OTA. Guess the waiting game paid off for me.

Me too! Finally just got it after pressing check for updates again.

Now you guys are making me think I should wait.

My 2 got it this morning. Usual Google rollout – 1% on day 1, 5% on day 2 etc.

I got 8.1 thursday of last week. Is this all stuff thats gonna be in the camera app I take it?

Also: anyone using an unlocked pixel on att, rejoice, you get hd voice, finally with this. (and the previous beta)

If you don’t have it in the camera, check the play store for AR stickers update.

announced back in October and releasing now to 0.1% of the 0.1% that are on 8.1 of the Android handsets now in use….

Yeah, it’s a shame Google can’t get carriers and manufacturers out of the way of updates. Pushed me to get a Pixel.

The AR stickers are great. They really work well. Fun stuff!

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