Snapchat and Snap Camera are not the only enhanced reality apps available to couples to use on Valentine's Day.
Google has added an enhanced real video effect to the Duo, its latest video communication app for iOS and Android. Now, when recording a video, Duo users can touch the "Valentine's Day Effect" button to add floating, translucent, heart bubbles into their rear or forward camera flow.
The effect seems to be using a background segmentation technique, similar to the technology that Google developed last year, with the hearts behind the user. This provides some interesting images through the rear camera without a human subject, with bubbles coming from the ground and within the scope of a TV.
However, users are limited to sharing video to other Duo users. For those who want to share with other apps, Snapchat and Snap Camera are available for them.
Of course, Facebook also offers a wide range of AR effects throughout its mobile application stability via its AR platform. On my behalf, Messenger offers most AR capabilities, so you can slip into the DM domains.
Google's premier mobile AR strategy is to play the facilitator for app developers, with ARCore, Google Maps API and the experimental web-based AR format among their offers.
In its role as an app publisher, Google has also developed a versatile portfolio of AR apps and experiences itself. Between its Playground app for Pixel smartphones, Google Lens, Google Translate Arts and Culture, Measurement, Just a Line, Motion Stills, Notable Women, Qibla Finder web app and its upcoming AR navigation feature for Google Maps, the company has applied AR to entertainment, education , creativity and productivity.
Now, with the addition of AR to Duo, Google is ready to add AR to video communication as well. But with their limited sharing options, it doesn't seem that Google wants to go too far into Snapchat and Facebook.