Is Your Portrait Stored in Any of World's Top Museums? Ask Google

Adrian Delatorre

Adrian Delatorre

What gives? According to TechCrunch, the selfie-feature is still experimental and is blocked in certain regions-including ours.

While this tool came out in December, the app now sits in the number 1 rank of the Google Play and iOS App Store charts after the selfie-matching feature gained popularity on social media. I use it myself, and find it a refreshing change of pace from the grid that shows pages you've previously opened. However, do not open the app immediately after downloading.

In another example of the development of Google's image recognition, a feature was added to Photos in October that lets users sort pictures of their pets, even differentiating between dog breeds.

If you're desperate for a try but can't download the app, try signing up to a VPN with a United States exit node.


It's as simple as scrolling down until you see the "Is your portrait in a museum?" box. So how can India users try out the "selfie matching" feature on the Google Arts & Culture app?

An update to Google's Arts & Culture app now matches people's selfies with a museum art portrait that features their doppelganger. If you've seen photos of your friends next to famous portraiture on your favorite social networks, it's not because your friends have suddenly become art buffs: it's all Google. Arguably, the app should match all users with art depicting Narcissus staring into his own reflection, but hey, it looks fun.

Are you more of a Botticelli or a Van Gogh?

Since I'm an adult and a professional, I make really adult, professional faces when I'm taking selfies. One of these is the Twitter user catland rose dewitt bukater, who wrote that she was upset about the fact that the app was not available in Chicago. We're hopeful this Google is just refining this experiment before it launches across the country - but the fine art selfie craze could be over before everyone has access.

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