Exclusive to Pixel smartphones is an experience called ‘AR Stickers’. Built into the camera app, this enables creative use of augmented reality objects and animated characters giving users new ways of capturing unique video moments to express themselves.

Demonstrated using the new Pixel 2 smartphone revealed at Google’s hardware event today, AR Stickers is a quick way to integrate augmented reality objects into everyday life. For example, a cute, animated coffee cup can be placed on your desk, or you can shoot a birthday video with lots of AR balloons.

Google plans to release new AR Sticker packs in the future, so that they relate to changing seasons, holidays or big pop culture moments. The inevitable Star Wars pack is coming, along with characters from Stranger Things, NBA Stars, and the cast of Saturday Night Live.

In the press release, Google states that AR Stickers will be “exclusive to the Pixel”, so it is currently unclear whether the feature will become available on the first generation Pixel smartphones.

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