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How to find a 3D skeleton, car, Santa, planet, and other cool AR objects in Google Search (Updated)

We're supposed to stay inside right now, but that shouldn't stop us from exploring things we'd normally see in museums or shops thanks to 3D models available in Google Search on Android and iOS. We've already covered which animals and pets you can lure into your home, but if you and your kids get tired of acting as an amateur zoologist, there is a whole world to explore, starting with planets and space crafts courtesy of NASA over anatomy all the way to shopping for shoes.

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Be an at-home Tiger King with Google's 3D animals: list of all AR animals, compatible phones, and more (Updated)

Google announced that it was bringing AR objects to search during I/O last year and since then it's steadily added new animals to the roster, as well as expanding the list of eligible devices. Now that a lot of people, myself included, are in lockdown, bringing a taste of the outdoors into your living room may just help you keep your sanity. Let's take a look at some of these AR animals, as well as what you'll need to enjoy them.

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Chrome Beta 81 brings augmented reality and NFC support to the web

Chrome 80 was just released earlier this month, which means it's time for Chrome 81 to move up to the beta channel. This update doesn't have as many user-facing changes, but there are new APIs for creating powerful web apps. Let's take a look!

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AR Live View for Google Maps broken for some Pixel 4 and 4 XLs, but a fix is rolling out

Google rolled out its augmented reality "Live View" navigation for Google Maps last year, but it looks like not everyone has been able to enjoy it. For some Pixel 4 owners, the feature doesn't appear, leaving many with Google's own flagship unable to use one of Google Maps' coolest features.

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Star Wars ships arrive on Earth, visible with the help of Samsung Galaxy phones

Augmented reality has emerged as simple way to get amazing effects into the hands of users, and advertisers have only been too willing to jump on the opportunity that presents. Alongside the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker film coming to theaters, Samsung is pushing just such an AR promotion that allows Galaxy devices in select cities to see Star Wars ships streaking across the sky.

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Chrome 79 rolls out new VR and AR capabilities to everyone, adds password checkup feature, and more

It has been three weeks since the last Chrome release, and right on schedule, Chrome 79 is now rolling out across desktop and mobile platforms. This isn't the largest update we've seen recently, but there are a few changes worth highlighting. Let's jump right in!

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ARCore's new Depth API will bring the next generation of hide-and-seek to phones

AR applications on Android have historically always had problems with proper depth sensing and distinguishing between foreground and background in the physical world. Whenever you'd add an AR object, it would just sit on top of the whole scenery in front of your viewfinder, regardless of whether or not something should realistically block the view. To combat this, Google today introduced the Depth API to ARCore. The new interface helps distinguish between real-world foreground and background so digital objects will be properly occluded while improving their path finding capabilities and physics.

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Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery brings jump scares to the real world with official Android release

Last month we learned that the next Five Nights at Freddy's release would enter into early access in November, and thanks to a recent press announcement, it has been revealed that the official launch of Five Nights at Freddy's AR: Special Delivery will take place today. It would seem early access was opened worldwide this past Friday, and today marks the official release. Much like the previous titles in the series, you'll have to confront malfunctioning animatronics in an attempt to survive their horrors, but this time around, you'll do so in a game made exclusively for mobile devices that uses augmented reality to bring its jump scares to the real world.

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(Update: More territories) Minecraft Earth is finally available in the US as an early access release

Over the last few months, Minecraft Earth has entered into early access in many regions, with the UK joining in last week. Well, today, fans in the US can finally see what all the fuss is about. That's right, Minecraft Earth is officially available in early access in the US, and it's now clear that the game is free-to-play, and it includes in-app purchases that range up to $79.99 per item. So if you were hoping for a premium game, think again.

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