Google search has made the option of viewing them in 3D available in search results for certain animals. The feature allows you to observe the animals in detail, from different angles and perspectives.
On more modern phones and tablets, it is possible to view the species in augmented reality. The technology realistically simulates the presence of a tiger, panda, shark, eagle, snake, penguin, and even dinosaurs in the environment where the user is.
Here’s how to use the technology and find out if your device is compatible.
Using Google’s 3D Animal Feature
Google’s 3D animal feature is only available for searches on Android and iOS devices. The pets in three dimensions are available on almost all devices with mobile operating systems.
The augmented reality display option requires more powerful hardware. If the See button in your space, shown in the tutorial below, does not appear for you, chances are your phone is not compatible with the device.
1. Open Google Chrome or the Google search bar on your phone or tablet and write an animal’s name. In our example, we will use Tigre;
2. Scroll down the search result page until you see a digital image of the animal moving, with the caption Meet a tiger in full size, up close. The animal’s name, of course, varies according to your research. Touch the button See in 3D;
3. On the next screen, the desired animal will appear in 3D on a white background. It is possible to increase it by pinching with your fingers, rotate it in the direction you want, changing the perspective, and seeing all the details. You will also be able to hear the sounds that the animal makes;
4. If your device is compatible with ARCore augmented reality technology, you will see a button with the text Veja in your space on the same screen. Touch it if you want to see the animal in the same place as you;
- When you use the feature for the first time, you will see a request for access to the device’s camera and device. Touch Grant access to continue.
5. For the interaction to be the best possible, the system will ask you to point the floor at the camera, so that you can understand the space where you are. Move the device until the animal appears on the screen, in real size;
- The technology automatically adapts the image to the environment in which it finds itself. However, the user can move the animal through space as well as increase and decrease its size.
6. If you want to share the animal’s image inside your home and deceive your friends, tap on the circle in the center of the screen to take a photo. To make a video, just touch and hold the same button, releasing it only when you finish recording.
- The image and movie will be available in the device’s image gallery and can be shared on WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, or other social apps as usual.
Animals available in 3D on Google
The specialized website 9to5Google published an unofficial list of animals present in augmented reality in Google search. AppGeek tested and certified that it is possible to view the animals by searching, in Portuguese, for the terms below.
- Beetle (or using specific terms: Rhinoceros beetle, Ceratocanthus aeneus, Hercules beetle, Cowtail, Atlas beetle, Dorcus hopei binodulosus, lucanus maculifemoratus, Bupreste, Rosalia batesi)
- Butterflies (it is necessary to search for the terms: Papilionidae and Morpho)
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- Dog (or using specific terms: French Bulldog, Pomeranian or Zwergspitz, Labrador Retriever, Pug, and Rottweiler)
- Cicada (or using specific terms: Periodic cicada, Megatibicen pronotalis, Hyalessa maculaticollis, Tanna japonensis)
- Dinosaur (or through specific terms: Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteranodon, and Parasaurolophus)
- Praying Mantis
- Lophiformes (Monkfish)
- Atlas Moth
- giant panda
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- Ball python or royal python
- Shetland Pony
- Brown bear or brown bear
It is possible that the list is longer, after all, these are just what the page identified on its own. It is likely that, over time, Google will expand the catalog, including new copies.
Which devices are compatible with the augmented reality feature
Doesn’t the See button in your space appear to you? It is likely that your smartphone does not support the feature. Basically, all devices with Android and iPhone can see and interact with animals in 3D.
However, only a few cell phones support augmented reality technology, which inserts the virtual image into the real environment. To access the resource, the device must be compatible with ARCore technology. In addition, they must have Android 7.0 or higher with the Google Play app installed or iOS 11.0 or later.
Among them are the devices:
- Samsung Galaxy A5, A6, A7, A8 and A8 Plus
- Galaxy J5, J5 Pro, J7 and J7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10 and S20
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8, 9 and 10
- Any Google Pixel model
- iPhone 6S, 7, 8, X and 11
- Moto G 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 7 Power, 7 Play, 8 Play, 8 Plus, 8 Power and Stylus
- Motorola One, One Action, One Hyper, One Power, One Vision, One Macro, One Zoom
- Moto X4
- Moto Z2 Force, Z3, Z3 Play, Z4
- Asus Zenphone 6, AR and ARES
- Huawei Honor 8X, 10, View 10 Lite and V20
- Huawei Mate 20 Lite, 20, 20 Pro, 20 X
- Huawei P20, P20 Pro, P30, P30 Pro
- Huawei Y9 2019
The full list of compatible phones and tablets is available on the Google developers page.
What is augmented reality?
Augmented reality is what is called the technology that allows superimposing images and virtual information to the real world. To do this, simply use a compatible app and point the device’s camera to where you want to view the item. The idea is to provide the most immersive experience possible.
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An application example is in the game Pokémon Go, which makes it possible to hunt fictitious beings in real places. Another well-known form of AR is the filters of apps like Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, and Kwai. All masks, makeups, among other virtual effects, that identify the users’ faces and overlay them use the technology.
Google Lens uses technology as a way to facilitate access to knowledge. The app can interpret texts by the camera of the cell phone and overlay with the translation of the content, for example. It is also able to identify an object in the image and perform a search.