Google, you have something I want. You may think you have some idea of what you have in your possession, but you don’t. In a few moments it will be mine … and it could be yours too, dear readers.
That something, of course, is Baby Yoda … er, Grogu … from the Disney + Star Wars series The Mandalorian. But you don’t have to fight Mando or Moff Gideon to get it.
Now if you search Google for his casual label or his correct canon name, or even ‘The Child’ as he was previously called on the show, you have the option to watch him in 3D and, on supported iOS and Android devices and then transport it to your physical space via augmented reality.
Previously, the only official Baby Yoda AR experience for mobile devices came through the Mandalorian app, but that app is only available for 5G compatible Android devices.
Adding the child to the Google Search 3D Library view opens up availability to more Android users, as well as iPhones and iPads. While you can view animals in AR through Google on Safari for iOS, a Baby Yoda query prompts you to download the Google app (that’s what life is like under the rule of the Empire).
It’s curious that it took so long to get the viral sensation into AR, given that the character stole the show from the jump. Disney certainly knew what it was getting into with the cute little porgs of The last Jedibecause there was no shortage of AR experiences with the creatures. But let’s not look dirtier in the mouth.