Google’s latest addition to its AR alphabet collection includes Japanese icon characters. Google has been adding a variety of characters to its growing AR collection for search. The new characters appeared in the tradition of the famous anime image and Japanese video games during the 1950s and 1980s. Includes characters like Pac-Man, Hello Kitty, Gundam and Little Twin Stars.
Google’s blog post claims that Pac-Man is the most searched icon on Google. The leading country in the search for Pac-Man has been Peru five years ago. Hello Kitty comes in second place as the most searched animated icon, and receives the most relevant search requests from the Philippines. Google also highlighted how anime is more popular than video games in terms of search results. Anime interest rate reached a record high last month. Google also recorded a 2,300% “anime sugoi” speaker which means the anime is amazing (Yes, that’s right!).
Google has added 14 Japanese characters including Pac-Man, Hello Kitty, Ultraman, Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Belial, Gundam, Little Twin Stars, Evangelion, Taiko and Tatsujin, Pompompurin, Kogimyun, and Gomorrah.
Google AR Search works on both Android and iOS. To use it you have to search for any of these characters in your phone and then tap “View in 3D”. You can put an AR character in your room or elsewhere, enlarge them so they look great and move them. Kogimyun, Hello Kitty and Pompompurin talk to turn up the volume. You can also hear Pac-Man retro sounds.