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Google Details Google Lens Improvements for Pixel Phones, AR Stickers Rebranded to Playground

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Pixel 3 buyers, as well as Pixel phone owners in general, will soon have a more integrated Google Lens experience. On top of that, Google introduced a rebrand for AR Stickers, now called Playground, with a new experience coming to Pixel 3 devices first, followed by all other Pixel phones.

For changes, Google announced Lens Suggestions, which bring common actions right to the main Pixel camera. With it, you’ll simply point camera, then with a single tap, you can access information inside of the viewfinder. This includes phone numbers, emails, or addresses. All of this happens on-device and utilizes Google’s Pixel Visual Core chip, so no internet connection is required.

Additionally, Google is making Lens accessible from the Recent Apps screen, making it accessible regardless of which app you’re currently browsing in.

For what’s new, there’s Playground, a rebrand for AR Stickers. It’s a mode inside of the Pixel camera and it’s all about augmented reality. Last year, we had the ability to place Stormtroopers and Porgs into our shots, but thanks to a new deal, you’ll soon be adding MCU characters to your shots, taking selfies with Iron Man, and also accessing a ton of new AR Stickers.

As Google puts it, “Playground brings you more powerful AR experiences and uses AI to recommend content for expressing yourself in the moment. You can make your photos and videos come to life with Playmoji—characters that react to each other and to you—and tell a richer story by adding fun captions or animated stickers you’ll recognize from Gboard.”

As I mentioned, the new Playground experience will be available first to Pixel 3 owners, then to other Pixel device owners later. For Google Lens, Google mentions these changes should be available for all Pixel owners.

// Google

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