See Hello Kitty, Ultraman and other iconic Japanese characters in AR on Google Search


Hello Kitty is one of 14 popular characters now viewable in AR. — Screengrab from Google

Users can now view iconic Japanese pop culture characters such as Hello Kitty and Pac-Man in augmented reality (AR) through Google Search.

Ultraman (Zero and Belial), Evangelion, Gomora, Gundam (Penelope, Odysseus and Xi Gundam), Kiki and Lala, Pac-man, Little Twin Stars, Pompompurin, Cogimyun and the drums from video game Taiko no Tatsujin are also viewable as AR characters, according to Google in a blog post today (April 20).

Some of the characters produce dialogue, such as Hello Kitty greeting users in Japanese and English.

To see these characters in AR, Android users can simply search their names on the Google app or any Android browser using a mobile device and then tap “View in 3D”, while iOS users can perform the same search on the Google app.

A list of compatible ARCore-enabled Android devices are available here while 3D and AR content is available on iOS 11.0+ devices.

Based on its global search interest results for AR anime characters in the past five years, Google said Pac-Man is the most searched, followed by Hello Kitty.

It noted that “the hungry dot-gobbler” is the most searched in Peru, while Hello Kitty is the most searched in the Philippines.

As for Malaysia, Google Trends report indicates Gundam has the highest number of searches.

Previously, the company also announced that characters like Baby Yoda from The Mandalorian TV series and 50 animals are also viewable as AR through Google search.

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