Since Filipinos are one of the biggest fans of anime and Japanese pop culture globally, this new offering will come as a good surprise. Google now has a new feature that provides augmented reality (AR) in Search. It brings to life the classic characters from Japanese TV shows, anime, and video games.
At the moment, you can access 14 of your favorite anime characters in 3D and AR. These characters are Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Little Twin Stars, Ultraman, Gomora, Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Belial, Pac-Man, Taiko no Tatsujin, Evangelion, Gundam Penelope, Gundam Odysseus, and Xi Gundam, Cogimyun.
To get the feature to work, search for one of your fave iconic anime characters on Google using your mobile device. Press “View in 3D” to rotate or zoom in and see it up close. You can also turn up the volume to hear Pac-Man’s retro sound effects or listen to Hello Kitty saying a cute message.
‘Now in the digital era, we want to use Google Search to bring anime fans closer to their beloved characters and bring back their fondest memories with them. During difficult times, we hope that simple joys like this can also provide comfort in one way or another,’ said Mervin Wenke, Head of Communications and Public Affairs for Google Philippines.
For Android users, the 3D content can be seen on devices with Android 7 Plus, while AR content can be accessed on ARCore-enabled devices. At the same time, the 3D and AR characters are available on iOS 11.0+ devices.