Google and Disney have teamed up to bring the Mandalorian series Star Wars into augmented reality.
The app will run for about a year with new augmented reality content until it ends on October 31, 2021.
The app takes advantage of Google’s developer platform to create augmented reality experiences called ARCore, in order to create scenes that interact with the user’s surroundings.
This comprehensive design means that fans will be able to unlock additional effects based on their actions.
The app also takes advantage of Google’s new ARCore Depth API, which allows the app to enable sealing.
This makes the augmented reality scenes blend in naturally with the environment you see through the smartphone’s camera.
According to the head of Google’s Creative Augmented Reality Partnerships, players can interact with characters in augmented reality and capture scenes from the app to share.
Given that the app is a showcase of the latest augmented reality technology from Google, it will not work on all Android devices.
Google says: The application only supports Android devices compatible with the fifth generation networks, which include its Google Pixel smartphones and other specific Android phones that support 5G networks.
The company indicates that it may support other phones in the future.
The experience requires an Android device equipped with fifth generation technology, but Google says: You do not have to be connected to a fifth generation network to use the application.
Instead, the requirement is more about the technologies these devices incorporate rather than the network itself.
Google has collaborated with Lucasfilm several times over the past several years on promotional marketing campaigns.
These are not usually considered advertisements, as they give the two companies the opportunity to showcase their services or technologies.
Google allowed to give its applications a new feature similar to Star Wars in 2015, which benefited its special services, such as: Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Chrome and others.
The search giant has also provided immersive and virtual reality experiences featuring Star Wars content over the past several years.