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Google’s Playground AR Camera Effects App Comes to Other Android Phones

Google’s Playground AR Camera Effects App Comes to Other Android Phones
Highlights
  • Google Playground Ported to other Android smartphones
  • Android Pie based devices don’t need root for this feature
  • Your device should have Google ARCore support

Google launched AR Stickers with the Pixel 2 and updated it to the Playground and launched it with the Pixel 3. While these stickers made their way to older Pixel devices, it wasn't available on any smartphone outside Google's lineup, until now. Thanks to the developers at XDA Developers, you can have these running on any device running Android Pie.

This is mainly the work of XDA member and contributor Arnova8G2, the same member who ported the official Google Camera app to other smartphones. The last port brought features like Night Sight to other smartphones and with this new port, you can have Playground on your Android Pie device. The new port requires you to install an APK file and works without root - making it convenient for a lot of users.

The Google Playground port will only work on smartphones with AR support and you might want to check if your smartphone is on this list before proceeding. If your phone is supported, you might have to go and download the ARCore by Google app from Google Play Store.

Once you have downloaded the ARCore app, you can go ahead and download the modded Playground App on your device. This apk is 470mb in size and has all the Playground elements which are required for it to work.

To access the Playground, you will need a modded Google Camera app. You can go for any modded Google app but Arnova8G2's Google Camera app is preferable. Install the modded Google Camera App and you should be able to see Playground under the more setting in the camera app.

You can drag and drop these AR elements into the viewfinder and you should be able to click photos with these AR Characters. Some also have certain actions that they can perform.

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Aditya Shenoy reviews smartphones, wearables, headphones and speakers for Gadgets 360, out of Mumbai. Aditya is a reviewer for Gadgets 360 and has written extensively about smartphones, software updates, and upcoming devices. Aditya is available on Twitter at @adishenoy, and you can mail him at adityashenoy@ndtv.com, so please send in your leads and tips. More
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