Google Motion Still is an app developed by researchers that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilisation and rendering technologies. The AR mode was available only for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users, but now any Google has released the app for all Android users.

Google Motion Stills

The app delivers some pretty solid augmented reality surface tracking, pinning 3D models from Poly like chickens, robots or dinosaurs onto surfaces inside your environment. The new Motion Stills app even works on Android 5.1.

Google engineers Jianing Wei and Tyler Mullen wrote in a blog post “AR mode is powered by instant motion tracking, a six degree of freedom tracking system built upon the technology that powers Motion Text in Motion Stills iOS and the privacy blur on YouTube to accurately track static and moving objects”

The AR mode had been one of Google’s first features for Android to make good on their ARCore augmented reality developer platform. ARCore senses surfaces and allows you to drop objects onto them. The app doesn’t detect walls yet but given the fractured nature of the Android device landscape, product development is going to be a more arduous process.

Google wants to get this technology to more people and devices. It has improved the AR experience quite significantly in recent years.

What do you feel about Motion Stills? The experience is smooth if your phone has gyroscope sensor. 

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