If you’re a Harry Potter fan with an Android phone, you’ll love this – as a promotional tie-in for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Google has partnered with Warner Bros. to add a dash of magic to your device.
To begin with, they’ve added a couple of spells to the list of voice commands. Just say “OK Google”, then try “Lumos” to turn on your flashlight, “Nox” to turn it off, or “Silencio” to silence your phone. I just tried all three, and uh… well, I had mixed results. For the first few tries, “Lumos” just had my phone search for “Puma” while “Silencio” had it bringing up results for “Valencia”. But typing the commands in worked, and once I’d typed them my phone seemed to do a better job of hearing me say them, which is nice. Of course, I have ongoing issues with voice commands owing to the fact that I’m a Brit living in the US, so voice commands have always been a bit iffy with me even after changing the language settings. But being British should give me a headstart with these spells, surely? Heigh ho.
That’s not all they’ve done, though. Google has added locations from Fantastic Beasts to Google Maps, giving users the chance to tour locations such as the Steen National Bank, the Magical Congress of the USA (or MACUSA as it’s apparently called), and the Blind Pig speakeasy, as well as homes and apartments used by several characters. Nice!
As if that wasn’t enough, Google has also announced plans for a Fantastic Beasts VR experience for their forthcoming Daydream View headset, which comes out later this month. Oh, and a Fantastic Beasts sticker pack for use in Google Allo.
It looks like Google is all-in for the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them when it comes out on November 18th. All in all, it’s a good time to be a Harry Potter fan.
(via The Verge)