The Google Pixel line uses Augmented Reality with its Playground feature to allow you to include what it calls Playmoji to appear in your photos and videos. These are AR stickers that are designed to interact with the user and each other. If you shoot a selfie with a Playmoji, it will respond to a smile. Recently, Google added an Avengers: Engame pack that includes the characters from the Marvel universe that were in the film.
Spotted by 9to5Google, today Pixel owners received a new pack of AR stickers that feature the stars of the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie. As you might expect, the four characters added are all Pokemon and include Pikachu, Charizard, Jigglypuff and Mr. Mime. To install the new pack, Pixel users need to open the camera app, tap on More, then Playground. Click on the sticker icon on the bottom and hit the green install button. Once loaded on the phone, users can snap photos and selfies and take videos with each Pokemon individually, with all of them together, and any other combination in between. The Detective Pikachu movie, which stars Ryan Reynolds, opens in the U.S. on May 10th
Other promotional Playmoji AR stickers available (besides Detective Pikachu and Avengers: Endgame) feature Childish Gambino, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Netflix hit Stranger Things. And the new Detective Pikachu pack will soon be coming to select Motorola and LG handsets with an AR Stickers mode in the camera app. The LG G7 ThinQ already has this mode in its camera app, and Motorola said earlier this year that it would offer it for the Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play.
Originally known as AR Stickers, Google changed the name of the application to Playground last October.