Thanks to Google, you can now interact with different animals by using your phone.
In May, Google announced that some searches would feature augmented reality results that users can interact with. Now, we’re starting to see them in action.
You can now see different animals using your phone camera, similar to Pokemon Go.
Google has not yet clarified how extensively they plan to implement AR into search results, but, right now, it is certainly providing a lot of fun!
How To Use It
If you search ‘giant panda’ as an example, and scroll through the results, you will find an option that reads ‘Meet a life-sized giant panda up close.’
Once you’ve tapped on ‘View in 3D,’ a small version of the panda will appear on your screen. Tap ‘View in your space,’ and it’s inserted into your current surroundings.
You can then change its size, move it around and even take photos with it. The animal is fully animated, so it moves the same way a real panda would – it sits there eating a stick of bamboo.
Most of the other animals make sounds as well, although not much can be heard from the panda.
How do I know if my phone supports this feature?
For Android, you will need Android 7.0 or later, and your device should have originally come with Google Play Store installed.
For iPhone, you will need iOS 11.0 or later.
Which animals does it work for?
These are just a few that have been found so far.
Giant Panda, Lion
For us, we found that the option is only available if you search ‘sharks’ on Android. On Apple devices, ‘shark’ works.
There is a giant thread on Twitter showing more animals that have been discovered, such as an alligator, a turtle, and a pony. However, there are likely more if you’re willing to search for them all!