Google is really giving Allo a big push; perhaps, it could catch up with popular chat apps like WhatsApp and Messenger. Today, Allo got a really exciting feature that will turn all your selfies into cartoon stickers.
The update confirms how popular emojis have become, especially when we chat with our loves ones. According to Fast Co Design, Google is using machine learning to make Allo more exciting to users.
“Today, Google is introducing a feature in Allo that uses a combination of neural networks and the work of artists to turn your selfie into a personalized sticker pack. Simply snap a selfie, and it’ll return an automatically generated illustrated version of you, on the fly, with customization options to help you personalize the stickers even further,” Jennifer Daniel, Expressions Creative Director, Allo wrote in a blog post.
The method will involve using machine learning and neural networks to map out your facial features to animated versions designed by popular artist Lamar Abrams, a storyboard artist, writer, and designer for the popular Cartoon Network series Steven Universe. Once designed, you can then go ahead to customize the cartoon stickers to suit your taste.
The whole idea behind the new feature is explained in details by Google on its research blog. Google’s approach will be to first explore how it could enable an algorithm to pick out some basic features in a particular manner from your image.
The new tool, which is already being rolled out by Google, is integrated into the Allo chat app. You can locate the feature when you pull up the list of stickers you can use to respond to conversations where you will find an option: “Turn a selfie into stickers.” Once you tap this option, it prompts you to take a selfie.
From there and then, Google’s image-recognition algorithms will analyze your face, and map out your features to the ones in a kit as illustrated by Lamar Abrams.
In April, report surfaced online that Google would soon be adding some new features to Allo. According to 9to5google, Google is “actively” working on a number of features including a quick selfie button, ability to add stickers as decoration on photos, and backup and restore. Today’s update all but confirms that earlier report, and goes to show how highly Google rates the chat app.
Google recently updated Allo with some more stickers to give you more options when it comes to making your conversations more interesting. Last November to be precise, the company added refreshed Smart Smiley button and interchangeable background themes for chats.
Built on Allo’s prediction algorithm, the Smart Smiley button suggests emoji and stickers relevant to what you are typing. It will also be able to interpret your conversations, which makes the chat app more fun to use. The Smart Smiley will also be integrated with Allo’s one-tap replies, enabling you to respond to messages with contextual emoji in a jiffy.
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