In fact, after the selfie matching functionality was added in a recent update, Google's Arts & Culture app gained so much traction online that it claimed the No. 1 free app spot on Google Play in the U.S. People on social media are going insane posting their results from the app.
To find your fine art doppelganger, open the Google Arts & Culture app and scroll until you see the "Is your portrait in a museum?" feature. Oh what price vanity, etc etc... Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 worldwide museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online.
We understand that's because it's still experimental and has been region-blocked - specifically it's limited to the U.S. right now. The new Portrait matching feature is region locked and the only way you can get it working is by using a VPN and setting your location to the U.S. Its also worth mentioning that the app has climbed the App Store rankings after introducing the new feature and now sits at the top.
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The feature rolled out to the app on iOS and Android last month. The app is now available for both iOS and Android.The Google Arts & Culture app has been around for quite some time but it has only recently picked up the portrait comparison feature. Also, it appears that not everyone has access to the feature and it's now only available to those in the U.S. Google then scans the user's face and compares it with faces in artworks all around the world to find a match. The company said it won't use data from photos for any other objective but to match it with images in its catalog. Trying it out is nearly as easy as downloading the app - but not for everyone.
The selfie feature is similar to other apps that use matching technology to find lookalikes. Once you click, "Get Started", you will be prompted to take a selfie, which will allow Google to pull up the best results.
This google arts and culture app is pretty wonderful.