Ahead of its hardware event today, even Google is leaking its own announcements. Earlier this morning, the company posted a $25 off deal when purchasing a Chromecast Ultra and not-yet-announced Google Home Hub. Now, it’s posted to the Play Store four new AR “Playmoji” packs for its newly-renamed Playground app, none of which can currently be downloaded.
Playground, formerly AR Stickers, is an app that allows users with compatible phones to add three-dimensional augmented reality “stickers” to their camera views, taking photos and videos of the characters. Stickers and Playmoji seem to be two different things, judging by screenshots from Playground’s new Play Store listing, but all existing stickers look to have been renamed Playmoji. With the re-brand, all Playmoji packs now have “Playground” affixed to their Play Store titles, making them easier to spot.
The new packs added today include a set of dog Playmoji called Pets, some funky arrows called Signs, claymation-style human characters in Sports, and cute little weather-themed dudes in a pack called Weather. They all show as being incompatible with current Pixel devices, so the new Playmoji may end up being Pixel 3-exclusive.
We’ll know all about the new Playground and Playmoji in just a bit. Until then, you can peruse their Play Store listings below.
As demonstrated in a tweet from Google employee Rajan Patel, the new Playground has some pretty neat tricks up its sleeve, including plane detection to let Playmoji realistically appear behind objects and people. Neat!
(apologies for the blur, was literally running to school with the kids this morning).
— Rajan Patel (@rajanpatel) October 9, 2018
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