Few months ago, Google launched its augmented reality platform ‘AR Core’ as an answer to Apple’s AR Kit. The platform does away with the need of having multiple camera setup on a smartphone for augmented reality features. While AR Core has only been enabled for Pixel, Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8 smartphones, it is yet to become widely available for other Android smartphones.
Now, Google has updated its Motion Still app with support for augmented reality (AR) stickers. While the app lets you add stickers to your photos, it does not use Google’s AR Core platform. Instead, it makes use of the gyroscope and accelerometer of the smartphone to create a similar effect of ‘sticking’ virtual objects on a flat plane.
You don’t get the Star Wars or Stranger Things characters as you get with AR stickers on the Pixel smartphones, but there are a handful of characters you get with the app. You can choose between a chicken, dinosaur, robot, gingerbread or 3D model of the earth.
While Google AR Core works with select smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and above, AR Stickers on Motion Stills app work with devices running Android 5.1 Lollipop and above.
We tried the app on a Pixel XL running Android 8.0 Oreo, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 running Android 7.1 Nougat, and also on a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and it works like a charm.
The Motion Stills app also lets you capture GIFs and record videos with AR stickers inserted. You can also share these online on your social media channels.