Google Search sports a really neat augmented reality (AR) feature that lets users place animals, insects and objects in their space. It even sports some dinosaurs, which is really neat! The feature has been around for some time and we’ve sporadically covered new additions on MobileSyrup, but we thought now would be a good time to offer a round-up of all the AR animals available on Google.
Before we dig into the list below, there’s a few things worth noting. First, Google’s AR capabilities will work on most, but not all devices. If you’ve got an Android phone, you’ll need one that supports ARCore — there’s a full list of supported devices available here. The good news is that there are a ton that work with ARCore.
For Apple users, you’ll need an iPhone 6s or iPad 5th Generation and newer plus you’ll need to be running iOS 11 or later to access these AR features.
If you’ve got a compatible device, you’ll also need to use the right app. Google Chrome and the Google app will work on both iOS and Android. Safari works as well. I also tested Firefox and Edge, which both supported the feature. Although I wasn’t able to test every browser on iOS, since Apple mandates that web browsers on the iOS platform use the same WebKit engine as Safari, Google’s AR feature will likely work with almost every iOS browser app.
On Android, Google Chrome and the Google app will likely be your best bet. The feature also works in Microsoft Edge and likely will be compatible with most Chromium-based browsers. Firefox, however, doesn’t support the feature.
Once you’ve got a support device and a supported app or browser, you can use the AR animals feature by searching for any of the below creatures on Google. Then, look for the ‘View in 3D’ button and tap it to see the critter or object in AR.
As Google adds to its AR Search items, we’ll expand on this list. You can also view Google’s list of AR items here, although some things are missing.
World news – GB – Here are all the critters and objects you can view in AR through Google