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Google Arts & Culture app has dead ringers down to a fine art

Google Arts & Culture app has dead ringers down to a fine art”

The Google Arts & Culture app went viral over the weekend as people discovered the amusing results it can provide. Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with more than 1,200 worldwide museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries for the app.

Using the Google app to find a doppelganger is easy, and requires just a few steps.

The app is only available in some parts of the United States, which luckily includes us here in San Diego.

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Did you download the app with the hopes of finding your long lost art twin?

To access the new tool in countries where the feature has still to be unveiled, users simply need to download the app from the Play Store, and then download a VPN app, which would also be available on the Play Store or App Store.

Google's machine learning-powered image recognition tech is pretty powerful, and now it can be put to use to find your likeness within works of fine art.

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Though the viral new feature is restricted to the U.S., it can be accessed through VPNs in other regions as well.

Google Arts & Culture - a free app for Android and iOS - is created to let you explore the world's greatest museums right from your smartphone. Once it's installed, fire it up and scroll down until you see "Is your portrait in a museum?" Tap on Get Started and follow the instructions.

This is its selfie option - the most recent update, which enables users to take selfies and, most prominently, to compare themselves to works of art. While some users have found uncanny matches, others have had a more humbling experience (like actress Kirsten Bell, who was matched with German composer August Manns).

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The Google Arts & Culture app has created quite a frenzy with users all over the world, sharing their museum match on social networking sites. Let us know via the comments. Arguably, the app should match all users with art depicting Narcissus staring into his own reflection, but hey, it looks fun.

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