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Google 3D Animals and AR objects: how to view, list of supported smartphones and more

On: August 19, 2020

Google introduced its 3D Animals feature last year at its Google I/O 2019 event. As is evident from the name, it allows users to see AR animals in augmented reality. The Mountain View giant launched the feature with a handful of animals but has since expanded the list to more 3D animals, dinosaurs, objects and even planets.

Google has not only expanded the list of AR animals and objects but also functionalities like video recording tools and quick shortcuts to other 3D animals as well. Users can choose to view AR animals on their phone screen and interact with them. Alternatively, they can view AR animals and objects in their surroundings using AR. Here’s everything to know about the Google 3D animals and AR objects.

Google 3D animals and AR 0bjects: what is it?

With Google 3D animals, we can estimate their actual size in relation to things around us

With Google 3D animals, we can estimate their actual size in relation to things around us

The Google 3D animals and AR objects are Google’s way of letting users watch and experience animals and other objects from the comfort of their homes. At I/O 2019, Google emphasised on how it provides a sense of scale and detail to be able to see the 3D animals and objects up close in a user’s surroundings. At the event, Google stated that while it’s one thing to know that a great white shark can be 18 feet long, and whole other thing to see it up close in relation to things in your home by means of AR animals technology.

How to view Google 3D animals and AR objects

With Google 3D animals, we can estimate their actual size in relation to things around us

With Google 3D animals, we can estimate their actual size in relation to things around us

All you need to do in order to watch 3D animals or objects is to search for them in Google using the browser on your phone. Here’s a step-wise procedure to view AR animals on your smartphone:

  • Open the web browser (Chrome/Safari) on your smartphone
  • Type the name of the 3D animal you want to view
  • If the animal’s name you have typed is in the list of 3D animals, you will be able to see the ‘View in 3D’ button
  • Tap on the button to see the 3D animal in life-size
  • To see the AR Animal in your surroundings, Android users need to click on ‘View in your space’ and iOS users have to tap on ‘AR’
  • The 3D animal feature will then require users to follow some on-screen instructions
  • Once done, you will be able to see AR animal in your surroundings

Google 3D animals and AR objects: list of animals and objects

Google has categorised the animals and 3D objects in the following categories:

  1. Land 3D animals
  2. Underwater and wetland 3D animals
  3. Birds
  4. Housepets
  5. Human anatomical systems
  6. Body parts
  7. Planets
  8. Moons
  9. Dinosaurs
  10. Insects

Land animals

This category includes all animals that are found on the land. The list of 3D animals inhabiting land includes the tiger, giant panda, leopard, goat, cheetah, pony, brown bear, timber wolf, shetland pony, python, arabian horse, raccoon, hedgehog, deer and more.

Underwater and wetland animals

The underwater and wetland 3D animals include mallard duck, alligator, great white shark, octopus, angler fish and sea turtle.

Birds

If you are a fan of birds, Google 3D animals let you get up close with a macaw, emperor penguin and eagle.

Housepets

Google also offers house pets as par of 3D Animals for those who love them but cannot have them for some reason. You can see and interact with pomeranian, golden retriever, labrador, rottweiler, french bulldog, pug and cat in your space with the 3D animals feature.

Dinosaurs

If you have an interest in dinosaurs and want to see how they looked like or how big they were actually, Google has added an extensive list of dinosaurs to 3D animals. Some popular inclusions are the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteranodon and Parasaurolophus.

Insects

Google has recently introduced a section of insects as well to its AR animals section, which will appeal to Entomologists. The list includes the rhinoceros beetle, hercules beetle, atlas beetle, robust cicada, mantis, grasshopper and more.

Human anatomical systems

There’s also an extensive list of human anatomy, which lets users explore various systems in the human body. These include the digestive system, respiratory system, endocrine system, female reproductive system, nervous system, lymphatic system, male reproductive system and more.

Body Parts

Google also lets users look at various body parts in AR, which comes in handy while teaching children basic human anatomy. The list includes the brain, coccyx, cranial nerve, ear, eye, foot, hair, hand, heart, lung, mouth, muscle flexion, small intestine, big intestine, stomach and more.

Planets

Those interested can also check out all nine planets of our Solar System in 3D within their living room. These include Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Moons

There’s also an entire curated list of moons of various planets that you can check out in your living room. You can check out Moon (Earth), Phobos (Mars), Deimos (Mars), Europa (Jupiter), Callisto (Jupiter), Ganymede (Jupiter), Titan (Saturn), Mimas (Saturn), Tethys (Saturn), Iapetus (Saturn), Hyperion (Saturn), Umbriel (Uranus), Titania (Uranus), Oberon (Uranus), Ariel (Uranus) and Triton (Neptune).

Apart from these, Google also lets you view objects like mitochondrion, chemistry terms like a covalent bond, biology objects like a red blood cell, and physics terms like Solenoid, among others. Google has also added cars to the objects including the Volvo XC90 and Volvo S60.

Google 3D animals and AR objects: sound

Some Google 3D animals have accompanying sounds. On an Android device, you can hear the roar of the tiger, hissing of the ball python, bark of golden retriever and more. Not all animals have sounds, like fish and rabbit for example, which don’t have any defining sound associated with them. However, the sounds appear to be working fine only on Android devices as of now. There have been reports that the accompanying sounds don’t work on Apple devices. Speaking of supported smartphones, find below the list of all devices, which support Google 3D animals and AR objects.

Google 3D animals and AR objects: list of supported smartphones

Google has not specified any list of smartphones that support 3D animals and AR objects. However, to be able to experience the AR animals feature as intended, users need to have smartphones with support for ARCore. Android users will need to have a smartphone with Android 7 Nougat and above. For Apple users, they need to have an iPhone 6s or older with iOS 11 or above. Sadly, the feature only works on smartphones, and laptop or desktop users will not be able to experience the 3D or AR function.

Below is the list of smartphones, which officially support Google 3D animals and AR objects:

Brand

Device

Apple iPhone 11
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple iPhone XR
Apple iPhone XS and XS Max
Apple iPhone X
Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPad Air 3rd Generation
Apple iPad mini 5th Generation
Apple 12.9-in. iPad Pro (1st Generation)
Apple 12.9-in. iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
Apple 12.9-in. iPad Pro (3rd Generation)
Apple 11-in. iPad Pro
Apple 10.5-in. iPad Pro
Apple 9.7-in. iPad Pro
Apple iPad (7th Generation)
Apple iPad (6th Generation)
Apple iPad (5th Generation)
Apple iPod touch (7th Generation)
Asus ROG Phone
Asus ROG Phone II
Asus Zenfone 6
Asus Zenfone AR
Asus Zenfone ARES
Asus GM 9 Plus
Asus Nexus 5X
Asus Nexus 6P
Asus Pixel
Asus Pixel XL
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a XL
Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 4 XL
HMD Global Nokia 6 (2018)
HMD Global Nokia 6.1 Plus
HMD Global Nokia 6.2
HMD Global Nokia 7 Plus
HMD Global Nokia 7.1
HMD Global Nokia 7.2
HMD Global Nokia 8
HMD Global Nokia 8 Sirocco
HMD Global Nokia 8.1
Huawei Honor 8X
Huawei Honor 10
Huawei Honor View 10 Lite
Huawei Honor V20
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei Mate 20
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei Mate 20 X
Huawei Nova 3
Huawei Nova 3i
Huawei Nova 4
Huawei P20
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P30
Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS
Huawei Porsche Design Mate 20 RS
Huawei Y9 2019
Infinix Mobile Note 6
Infinix Mobile Note 7
Kyocera Torque G04
LG G6
LG G7 Fit
LG G7 One
LG G7 ThinQ
LG G8 ThinQ
LG G8S ThinQ
LG G8X ThinQ
LG G Pad 5 10.1 FHD
LG K61
LG Q6
LG Q70
LG Q8
LG Style2
LG Stylo 5
LG V30
LG V30+
LG V30+ JOJO
LG LG Signature Edition 2017
LG V35 ThinQ
LG LG Signature Edition 2018
LG V40 ThinQ
LG V50 ThinQ
LG V50S ThinQ
LG LG Signature Edition 2019
LG V60 ThinQ 5G
Motorola Moto G5s plus
Motorola Moto G6
Motorola Moto G6 Plus
Motorola Moto G7
Motorola Moto G7 Play
Motorola Moto G7 Plus
Motorola Moto G7 Power
Motorola Moto G7 Play
Motorola Moto G8
Motorola Moto G8 Play
Motorola Moto G8 Plus
Motorola Moto G8 Powet
Motorola Moto G Power
Motorola Moto G Stylus
Motorola Motorola Edge
Motorola Motorola Edge Plus
Motorola Motorola One
Motorola Motorola One Action
Motorola Motorola One Hyper
Motorola Motorola One Macro
Motorola Motorola One Power
Motorola Motorola One Vision
Motorola Motorola One Zoom
Motorola Moto X4
Motorola Moto Z2 Force
Motorola Moto Z3
Motorola Moto Z3 Play
Motorola MZ4oto
OnePlus OnePlus 3T
OnePlus OnePlus 5
OnePlus OnePlus 5T
OnePlus OnePlus 6
OnePlus OnePlus 6T
OnePlus OnePlus 7
OnePlus OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
OnePlus OnePlus 7T
OnePlus OnePlus 7T Pro
OnePlus OnePlus 8
OnePlus OnePlus 8 Pro
Oppo F11 Pro
Oppo F15
Oppo Find X2
Oppo Find X2 Pro
Oppo K3
Oppo K5
Oppo R17 Pro
Oppo Reno
Oppo Reno2
Oppo Reno2 F
Oppo Reno2 Z
Oppo Reno3
Oppo Reno3 5G
Oppo Reno3 Pro
Oppo Reno3 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
Oppo Reno A
Oppo Reno Z
Realme Realme 5
Realme Realme 5 Pro
Realme Realme 6
Realme Realme 6 Pro
Realme Realme Q
Realme Realme X
Realme Realme X Lite
Realme Realme XT
Realme Realme X2
Realme Realme X2 Pro
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8
Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A30
Samsung Galaxy A31
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Galaxy A41
Samsung Galaxy A50
Samsung Galaxy A50s
Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
Samsung Galaxy A60
Samsung Galaxy A70
Samsung Galaxy A70s
Samsung Galaxy A71
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Galaxy M30s
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Galaxy Note8
Samsung Galaxy Note9
Samsung Galaxy Note10
Samsung Galaxy Note10 5G
Samsung Galaxy Note10+
Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung Galaxy S9 Exynos
Samsung Galaxy S9 Qualcomm
Samsung Galaxy S9+ Exynos
Samsung Galaxy S9+ Qualcomm
Samsung Galaxy S10e Exynos
Samsung Galaxy S10e Qualcomm
Samsung Galaxy S10 Exynos
Samsung Galaxy S10 Qualcomm
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Exynos
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Qualcomm
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Sharp AQUOS R3
Sharp AQUOS sense3
Sharp AQUOS sense3 basic
Sharp AQUOS sense3 plus
Sharp AQUOS zero2
Sharp S7
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony Xperia XZ1
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Sony Xperia XZ2
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
Sony Xperia XZ3
Sony Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1 Professional Edition
Sony Xperia 5
Sony Xperia 1 II
Tecno Camon 12 Pro
Tecno Phantom 9
Vivo Nex 3
Vivo Nex 3 5G
Vivo NEX S
Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition
Vivo iQOO 3 5G
Wiko View 3 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
Xiaomi Mi 9
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
Xiaomi Mi 10
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Xiaomi TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Zebra TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Zebra TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Zebra TC77 WWAN Touch Computer
Zebra TC77 WWAN Touch Computer

 

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