Two key parts make up the life-sized creatures that appear in Google Search. The first lets you see animals in 3D, while the second — and most delightful — is viewing them in your current space with the ability to take pictures. Here’s what iOS and Android devices support Google 3D animals.

Most modern Android and iOS devices support viewing 3D animals in Google Search. This is the simple ability to “meet a life-sized tiger up close.” Your creature of choice will be displayed against a white background, and move naturally with sounds. You can fully rotate and zoom-in as they roar or eat a bamboo stalk — in the case of giant pandas.

However, what makes augmented reality really immersive is the “sense of scale and detail” gained by seeing an animal in your environment. This is done with the “View in your space” button at the bottom of the screen. Unlike the first gallery feature, there are a few technical requirements for AR and seeing a creature next to the couch or in your backyard.

How it works

Behind-the-scenes, these augmented 3D animal experiences require the support of Google’s ARCore technology. Phones and tablets have to pass a certification process to ensure that the “sensitive motion tracking” — achieved by combining a camera image and the motion sensor — works well. Also required is a “powerful enough CPU” that can run “effective real-time calculations.”

We are constantly working with manufacturers to make sure their hardware and designs meet these requirements. At the same time, we are working internally to make sure ARCore integrates well with every model we certify to provide good experiences for users.

Meanwhile, an even more advanced AR capability involves ARCore phones detecting depth. A circular button in the top-right corner lets you turn on/off “object blending” so that a 3D animal can appear behind a piece of furniture instead of just physically standing in front of the scene. Google is recognizing that the background is three-dimensional with depth and not just a flat surface. For an example, be sure to compare the GIFs available here.

‘View in your space’ troubleshooting

Below is the full list of ARCore devices, but a good shortcut to know whether your phone or tablet will support the full Google 3D animal experience is seeing whether the Google Play Services for AR app is installed on your phone. Visit the Play Store listing to check and make sure it’s up-to-date (currently version 1.16).


Update 4/6: There are 14 new additions: Nokia 6.2, Nokia 7.2, moto g⁸, Oppo F15, Oppo Find X2, Oppo Find X2 Pro, Oppo Reno3 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M21, Galaxy M31, Sharp AQUOS sense3 basic, Sharp S7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 8 Pro, and Redmi Note 8T.


Update 4/14: The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro are today’s most high-profile additions. Other new devices include the Infinix Mobile Note 7, Samsung Galaxy A51, A51 5G, and A71 5G.


Update 6/3: Notable additions to the list include the Sony Xperia 1 II, Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, and Moto G Power. Other additions are the LG K61, LG Signature Edition 2019, motorola edge, edge plus, Oppo realme 6, realme 6 Pro, Reno3, Reno3 5G, Reno3 Pro 5G, Samsung Galaxy A31, A41, Vivo iQOO 3 5G, Neo3 5G, Mi 10, 10 Lite 5G, 10 Pro, Poco, and Redmi K30.


Update 6/25: Alongside the launch of the ARCore Depth API, Google has added the LG V50S ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+ 5G, and S20 Ultra 5G.


Update 8/20: The Pixel 4a is today’s most notable addition. Others include:

  • Fujitsu F-51A
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • LG Q92
  • LG style3
  • LG Stylo 6
  • LG VELVET 5G
  • Motorola moto g⁸ power lite
  • Motorola moto g pro
  • Oppo A52
  • Oppo A72
  • Oppo A92
  • Oppo A92s
  • Oppo Reno3 A
  • realme X50 Pro
  • realme X50t 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A20
  • Samsung Galaxy A20s
  • Samsung Galaxy A30s
  • Samsung Galaxy M31s
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Sharp AQUOS R5G
  • Vivo iQOO 3 4G
  • Vivo X50
  • Vivo X50 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite Zoom
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10
  • Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro

List: Supported ARCore devices

Brand Device
Apple iPhone 11
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
Apple
iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple iPhone XR
Apple
iPhone XS and XS Max
Apple iPhone X
Apple
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Apple
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Apple
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
Apple iPhone SE
Apple
iPad Air 3rd Generation
Apple
iPad mini 5th Generation
Apple
12.9-in. iPad Pro (1st Generation)
Apple
12.9-in. iPad Pro (2nd Generation)
Apple
12.9-in. iPad Pro (3rd Generation)
Apple 11-in. iPad Pro
Apple 10.5-in. iPad Pro
Apple 9.7-in. iPad Pro
Apple
iPad (7th Generation)
Apple
iPad (6th Generation)
Apple
iPad (5th Generation)
Apple
iPod touch (7th Generation)
Asus ROG Phone
Asus ROG Phone II
Asus Zenfone 6
Asus Zenfone AR
Asus Zenfone ARES
Fujitsu F-51A
General Mobile GM 9 Plus
Google Nexus 5X
Google Nexus 6P
Google Pixel
Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 3a
Google Pixel 3a XL
Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 4 XL
Google Pixel 4a
HMD Global Nokia 6 (2018)
HMD Global Nokia 6.1 Plus
HMD Global Nokia 6.2
HMD Global Nokia 7 Plus
HMD Global Nokia 7.1
HMD Global Nokia 7.2
HMD Global Nokia 8
HMD Global Nokia 8 Sirocco
HMD Global Nokia 8.1
Huawei Honor 8X
Huawei Honor 10
Huawei
Honor View 10 Lite
Huawei Honor V20
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei Mate 20
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei Mate 20 X
Huawei Nova 3
Huawei Nova 3i
Huawei Nova 4
Huawei P20
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P30
Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei
Porsche Design Mate RS
Huawei
Porsche Design Mate 20 RS
Huawei Y9 2019
Infinix Mobile Note 6
Infinix Mobile Note 7
Kyocera Torque G04
LG G6
LG G7 Fit
LG G7 One
LG G7 ThinQ
LG G8 ThinQ
LG G8S ThinQ
LG G8X ThinQ
LG
G Pad 5 10.1 FHD
LG K61
LG Q6
LG Q70
LG Q8
LG Q92
LG style2
LG style3
LG Stylo 5
LG Stylo 6
LG V30
LG V30+
LG V30+ JOJO
LG
LG Signature Edition 2017
LG V35 ThinQ
LG
LG Signature Edition 2018
LG V40 ThinQ
LG V50 ThinQ
LG V50S ThinQ
LG
LG Signature Edition 2019
LG V60 ThinQ 5G
LG VELVET 5G
Motorola moto g⁵ˢ plus
Motorola moto g⁶
Motorola moto g⁶ plus
Motorola moto g⁷
Motorola moto g⁷ play
Motorola moto g⁷ plus
Motorola moto g⁷ power
Motorola moto g⁷ play
Motorola moto g⁸
Motorola moto g⁸ play
Motorola moto g⁸ plus
Motorola moto g⁸ power
Motorola
moto g⁸ power lite
Motorola moto g power
Motorola moto g pro
Motorola moto g stylus
Motorola motorola edge
Motorola
motorola edge plus
Motorola motorola one
Motorola
motorola one action
Motorola
motorola one hyper
Motorola
motorola one macro
Motorola
motorola one power
Motorola
motorola one vision
Motorola
motorola one zoom
Motorola moto x⁴
Motorola moto z² force
Motorola moto z³
Motorola moto z³ play
Motorola moto z⁴
OnePlus OnePlus 3T
OnePlus OnePlus 5
OnePlus OnePlus 5T
OnePlus OnePlus 6
OnePlus OnePlus 6T
OnePlus OnePlus 7
OnePlus OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
OnePlus OnePlus 7T
OnePlus OnePlus 7T Pro
OnePlus OnePlus 8
OnePlus OnePlus 8 Pro
Oppo A52
Oppo A72
Oppo A92
Oppo A92s
Oppo F11 Pro
Oppo F15
Oppo Find X2
Oppo Find X2 Pro
Oppo K3
Oppo K5
Oppo R17 Pro
Oppo Reno
Oppo Reno2
Oppo Reno2 F
Oppo Reno2 Z
Oppo Reno3
Oppo Reno3 5G
Oppo Reno3 A
Oppo Reno3 Pro
Oppo Reno3 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
Oppo Reno A
Oppo Reno Z
realme 5
realme 5 Pro
realme 6
realme 6 Pro
realme Q
realme X
realme X Lite
realme XT
realme X2
realme X2 Pro
realme X50 Pro
realme X50t 5G
Samsung
Galaxy A3 (2017)
Samsung
Galaxy A5 (2017)
Samsung
Galaxy A6 (2018)
Samsung
Galaxy A7 (2017)
Samsung
Galaxy A7 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8
Samsung
Galaxy A8+ (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A20
Samsung Galaxy A20s
Samsung Galaxy A30
Samsung Galaxy A30s
Samsung Galaxy A31
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Galaxy A41
Samsung Galaxy A50
Samsung Galaxy A50s
Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
Samsung Galaxy A60
Samsung Galaxy A70
Samsung Galaxy A70s
Samsung Galaxy A71
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung
Galaxy J5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro
Samsung
Galaxy J7 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Samsung Galaxy M21
Samsung Galaxy M30s
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Samsung Galaxy Note8
Samsung Galaxy Note9
Samsung Galaxy Note10
Samsung
Galaxy Note10 5G
Samsung Galaxy Note10+
Samsung
Galaxy Note10+ 5G
Samsung
Galaxy Note10 Lite
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung
Galaxy S9 Exynos
Samsung
Galaxy S9 Qualcomm
Samsung
Galaxy S9+ Exynos
Samsung
Galaxy S9+ Qualcomm
Samsung
Galaxy S10e Exynos
Samsung
Galaxy S10e Qualcomm
Samsung
Galaxy S10 Exynos
Samsung
Galaxy S10 Qualcomm
Samsung
Galaxy S10+ Exynos
Samsung
Galaxy S10+ Qualcomm
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G
Samsung
Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
Samsung
Galaxy Tab Active Pro
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
Samsung
Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Samsung
Galaxy XCover Pro
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
Sharp AQUOS R3
Sharp AQUOS R5G
Sharp AQUOS sense3
Sharp
AQUOS sense3 basic
Sharp
AQUOS sense3 plus
Sharp AQUOS zero2
Sharp S7
Sony
Xperia XZ Premium
Sony Xperia XZ1
Sony
Xperia XZ1 Compact
Sony Xperia XZ2
Sony
Xperia XZ2 Compact
Sony
Xperia XZ2 Premium
Sony Xperia XZ3
Sony Xperia 1
Sony
Xperia 1 Professional Edition
Sony Xperia 5
Sony Xperia 1 II
Tecno Camon 12 Pro
Tecno Phantom 9
Vivo Nex 3
Vivo Nex 3 5G
Vivo NEX S
Vivo
NEX Dual Display Edition
Vivo iQOO 3 4G
Vivo iQOO 3 5G
Vivo X50
Vivo X50 Pro
Wiko View 3 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
Xiaomi Mi 9
Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
Xiaomi Mi 10
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite Zoom
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Xiaomi Mi A3
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Xiaomi Mi Note 10
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Xiaomi Poco X2
Xiaomi Redmi K20
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi K30
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Xiaomi
Redmi Note 7 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
Xiaomi
Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Zebra
TC52 WLAN Touch Computer
Zebra
TC57 WWAN Touch Computer
Zebra
TC72 WLAN Touch Computer
Zebra
TC77 WWAN Touch Computer

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