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PSA: Google’s art selfie feature is US only for now


Google’s Arts & Tradition app has been round for a few yr and half. Nevertheless it’s taken an artwork selfie function to generate a little bit of viral curiosity within the app — with a gentle stream of delighted/outraged tweets effervescent up over the weekend as customers assessed the outcomes of their effective artwork doppelgänger. Oh what value self-importance, and so on and so on…

Whereas complaints concerning the app’s matches included not being supplied any matches (with some placing this right down to the Eurocentrism of artwork historical past), or being facially matched with an paintings of a distinct gender or age, essentially the most outraged Twitter chatter was on account of individuals not having the ability to entry the function in any respect.

We perceive that’s as a result of it’s nonetheless experimental and has been region-blocked — particularly it’s restricted to the US proper now.

Judging by experiences from some US Twitter customers, it’s not even universally accessible throughout the US both. Google declined to remark once we requested about its rollout intentions for the function. So in case you’re actually determined to strive it out then you may strive signing as much as a (respected) VPN with a US exit node to workaround the region-block.

Or else you may simply get pleasure from the remainder of the app’s options — resembling digital artwork excursions, information about close by museums and cultural occasions, and an artwork recognizer function that makes use of pc imaginative and prescient so you’ll be able to level your telephone at an paintings and be served tidbits of information about it.

Different apps for turning your selfies into fake artistic endeavors are additionally accessible.

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