Google Arts & Culture app is comparing selfies to work of art

People love Google's new feature that matches your selfie to a famous painting
Google Matches Your Face With Famous Paintings And It's Hilarious
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16 January, 2018

But where the app really seemed to strike a chord was when it delivered matches that had some wondering if the Google Arts & Culture was intentionally trolling them. We here at Select All wouldn't want you to feel left out - unless you live outside the United States, in which case you're going to be left out, since the feature is now only available in the United States - so here's a very quick explainer on how to use the app. By taking a selfie in-app, Arts & Culture searches its database to find a portrait who best matches your own face.

After downloading the app, you'll have to scroll down to the section that reads "Is your portrait in a museum?" The feature is now not available in all countries. As it is an experimental feature, it might be witnessing a gradual rollout to other regions. But users will have to take a fresh selfie with the app as photo uploads from the camera roll are not supported (yet). The results also show the percentage of the match.

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But in recent days, scores of people - including plenty of celebrities - have shared their often hilarious results on social media, helping Google Arts & Culture climb the App Store's charts to become the current most downloaded free app.

Of all the mobile Google apps out there, "Arts & Culture" had undoubtedly been among the software giant's lesser-known apps. Take a selfie and upload the same. It offers a suite of terrific features for those interested in art, but it's certainly not among Google's most widely used apps. Google Street View is one of the projects under the initiative.


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