Google Gifts 5G Android Smartphones with ‘The Mandalorian’ AR App « Mobile AR News :: Next Reality

With the new season of The Mandalorian underway, Google has launched a new AR app that enables some Star Wars fans to connect with virtual characters in between new episodes.

That is, as long as you have an Android smartphone. Check that…a 5G Android smartphone.

Available now in the Google Play Store, the app puts the titular character in your physical environment. The app is compatible with 5G Pixel devices and other select 5G Android devices from Samsung, LG, OnePlus, Motorola/Levovo, Oppo, Sharp, Sony, and Xiomi.

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The app delivers high-quality 3D content (hence the 5G requirement) and uses ARCore’s Depth API to enable content to blend in realistically with your physical environment. Additional content debuts each Monday (via Mando Mondays).

“To create this original experience, Google, Disney, and Lucasfilm worked together to imagine a next-generation augmented reality app optimized for 5G devices,” said Matthieu Lorrain, head of creative for AR partnerships at Google in a blog post. “Our teams collaborated to build hyper-detailed models and life-like animations—all while packing scenes with fun surprises.”

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