Google's art app uses selfies to find your famous painting look-alike

17 January, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • 'Face match' makes Google Arts & Culture most downloaded free app on US App Store

"Google declined to comment when we asked about its rollout intentions for the feature", reporter Natasha Lomas writes. Users can now match their selfies to famous portraits from global museums and galleries.

The latest version of the app matches your selfies with works of art, letting you check out your fine art alter ego. You won't find it if you live in Houston: Because Google still considers it experimental, the viral feature is blocked in certain regions-ours included.

The Google Arts & Culture app went viral over the weekend as people discovered the amusing results it can provide. Here are some steps to follow.

Users should download the app on the App Store or Google Play store first. Do not open the app before the next step.

Though the viral new feature is restricted to the United States, it can be accessed through VPNs in other regions as well. Make sure VPN is turned on and location should be set to the USA.

'Face match' makes Google Arts & Culture most downloaded free app on US App Store

As USA Today reports, Twitter is absolutely blowing up with people posting pictures of themselves and the paintings that they were matched with when using the app. The section says " Is your Portrait in a museum?". Click on Get Started and then select I Accept. "Find your favorite artworks, create your own collections". The company also says it will not use data from the photo for any other objective, and will only store the photo for the time it takes to search for matches. Tap on it, snap a selfie, let Google work its magic, and then (of course) share the results on Facebook or Instagram.

One asterisk on the app is that it's not available in all areas, as a Google Spokesperson told SFGate that the app is limited to the United States, minus IL and Texas.

From there, you take the selfie with your smartphone camera, and see what Google comes up with.

The Google Arts & Culture app has created quite a frenzy with users all over the world, sharing their museum match on social networking sites.

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