The AR Stickers camera feature associated with Google's own original Pixel and Pixel 2 devices has a new update that brings a couple of noticeable changes to the application. The larger of the two tweaks only appears to apply to the newer Pixel 2 devices – namely the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. However, the new AR Stickers version 1.2 does make at least one change for owners of the original Pixel flagships. Rather than preloading sticker packs to the feature, taking up valuable space and resources, the update removes Foodmoji and Text stickers entirely. Those can now be found in the Google Play Store and users will note that they are grayed out and unable to be used in the application until being re-installed. Only the Star Wars and Stranger Things themed sticker packs will still be installed by default – likely owing to licensing agreements Google paid for to have them available, to begin with.
Meanwhile, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones will see a much more obvious change, following the update. Prior to version 1.2, users would have needed to move AR stickers from a sticker pack out of the sticker carousel and onto the main screen in order to see their animations. That, in turn, led to the added step of removing unwanted stickers which could be fairly time-consuming and annoying for those who couldn't remember what every sticker did. After the update, users will get a preview animation directly in the carousel for any sticker that is currently visible in the carousel. That should save Pixel 2 users a substantial amount of time and effort when it comes to adding AR Stickers to a given scene before snapping a shot. This feature could, of course, work its way over to the original Pixel devices at some point but, as mentioned above, it doesn't seem to be available there for now.
These changes aren't groundbreaking by any means but should make the application easier to use for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners, while also making them lighter for all users. That follows other changes in Google's recent software development standards which have trended toward taking up less space and being more optimized.