Google Pixel 2 update brings Augmented Reality stickers, new features to Assistant

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The owners of Pixel phones running the recent release of Android 8.1 Oreo now have access to AR stickers that can be overlaid on reality such as 3-D text, gnomes and now even Imperial stormtroopers and TIE Fighters from "Star Wars".

Revealed at the same time as the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets, Google's ARCore provides the framework for supporting AR images on Android devices without the need for dual camera arrays and depth sensors.

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. From there its simply a case of selecting a character and placing them into whatever environment you're viewing through you phone's camera.

Google's AR stickers will include characters from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi film with characters like BB-8 and R2-D2.

It will now ask you to rotate your Pixel smartphone to create a surface so that the stickers can be placed in a flawless place. And they look way better than that Snapchat Star Wars Lens.

Google has finally released the augmented reality (AR) stickers for its Pixel devices.

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With the Android Oreo 8.1 update, the Pixel phones are claimed to be even faster and help you get stuff done easily. Here's a quick hands-on to show you how they work... Then, you'll be able to start placing stickers in your surroundings, which is as simple as dragging and dropping them.

Another best hit that will be included in the AR emojis collection is the Stranger Things AR emojis pack. SmartSelect can recognise addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and more.

Here we have added two YouTube videos, one is present above this text, and one is now below this passage which shows that how these stickers can be used and how they look with the actual image captured by a camera.

So, what are these AR stickers?

The new AR Stickers are rolling out to Pixel users over the next few days and Google says more sticker packs will be released in the future.

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.