Give it up to Google, the company deserves big kudos for regularly updating its long lists of apps in the past few months. Allo in particular has been getting a lot of attention lately from Google, and this time it’s getting a Selfie Clips feature for capturing and sharing your personal GIF.
The new feature was announced by Allo’s head of product Amit Fulay, who said that Selfie Clips will be added to the chat app for users to share their personal GIF. Fulay confirmed this in a tweet during the week.
Softpedia reports that the new Selfie Clips feature will allow you to capture and share your own personal GIFs with your friends and loved ones on Allo. Explaining how the feature works, Fulay said Allo users who receive a sticker can emulate it with their own face.
Next step is to select the GIF option under the “+” menu and record your own short clip that looks like the sticker previously received by you. After recording the short clip, Google Allo moves on to automatically loop the video and put it into GIF form. Finally, you can share the GIF with your friends and loved ones.
By now, every iOS and Android users must have received the new feature, and perhaps, started sharing their own GIFs with their friends and family.
Not done with adding the Selfie Clips feature, Google has also redesigned the compose bar in the chat app. Some users, according to Softpedia have already started noticing the new ways to share content, which is faster than normal.
The Selfie Clips feature uses neural network to create personalized selfie sticks for users. Google also collaborated with various artists to make the stickers more attractive to users. Before launching the feature, the Mountain View California-based tech giant tested it among human raters.
Talking about neural network, last April, Google rolled out an exciting feature that will turn all your selfies into cartoon stickers. 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 is integrated into the Allo chat app, and can be located 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.
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