Google’s Motion Stills app brings augmented reality to almost any Android phone


Google Pixel 2 owners with the Android Oreo 8.1 update received access to Google’s AR Stickers last December. Using Google’s ARCore technology, the Pixel 2 lets users insert R2-D2, Stranger Things characters and other animated characters directly into their surroundings.

Now, through Google’s free Motion Stills app, any Android phone with a built-in gyroscope and running Android 5.1 or higher will have access to similar AR tech—it just doesn’t use ARCore.

Motion Stills was built for editing video clips and GIFs. With the latest 2.0 update, you can now insert animated 3D objects into the real world before recording.

AR in motion

(Image: © Google Research Blog)

Then, the app sticks an animated 3D object on any surface, even a moving one, such as your hand. You can then record a GIF or video of the animation’s actions in the real world.

A just-posted Google Research blog goes into the technical details, but the gist is that the app will track your phone’s location and 3D rotation in relation to the ground, or any flat surface in view, and then inserts the 3D object onto it.

This article was sourced fromTechRadar

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