Google is bringing AR stickers to Android devices thanks to its Motion Stills app. The app was previously used as a GIF and video-editing app, but this newest update brings the fun of AR to Android smartphones. This mode is a first step for Google in the development of its ARCore augmented reality developer platform. Google's ARCore is set to compete directly with Apple's ARKit and this fun use of the program is just a testing ground for future ARCore projects.
The Motion Stills app delivers some solid AR surface tracking and pinning of 3D models, and allows users to record GIFs and videos inside the app. The AR mode of the app is powered by instant motion tracking thanks to a six degree of freedom tracking system built into the app. The AR technology in the Motion Stills app uses surface-sensing software and then allows users to drop objects onto the surface. This is an impressive first showing of Google's AR endeavors and will hopefully lead to further innovations from the tech giant.
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