Google, Disney get into a partnership to launch Mandalorian AR experience

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Google and Disney have tied up for a new AR encounter featuring – The Mandalorian and Baby Yoda (The Child). The users will be allowed to follow the trail of Din Djarin, Mando, the Child, and interact with the characters to create scenes that can be shared with friends.

According to a blog post by Matthieu Lorrain, the mind of creative, AR ventures at Google said, “The Mandalorian AR encounter – places you in the shoes of a bounty hunter following the course of Mando, Din Djarin, and The Child.”

The app is called The Mandalorian AR Experience. It is built on ARCore, Google’s developer platform for building augmented reality experiences. Moreover, it uses its ARCore Depth API, which permits occlusion, when other real objects block the view of an AR object.

Google has teamed up with Lucasfilm to create models and animations for the app, too – all based on the first season of the hit Disney+ show. This is not the first time that Google is working with Lucasfilm, it has teamed up with the company many times over the past several years for promotional marketing campaigns.

While you don’t need a 5G connection to use the app, the only downside is you require a compatible 5G Android device to use the app. This means that the Mandalorian AR experience is only supported on compatible 5G Android devices that support the Google Play Services for AR feature. As the app is a showcase for Google’s latest AR technologies, it won’t work with all Android devices. Google revealed that it may soon come to more Android devices. Users can download The Mandalorian AR Experience now from the Google Play Store. They can also check the list provided on the Google Developers website to see if their Android phone supports the app or not.

New episodes of the experience will be rolled out to the app weekly, so it’s safe to assume the new season of the show – season two – might also come to the app.

This is not the first time that Google has created a Star Wars-themed AR experience. Back in 2017, it introduced AR Stickers for the Pixel 2, which featured stormtroopers, porgs, R2-D2, and BB-8.


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