Google has released a new mobile app, which has been specially designed for children. The app allows children to explore the Himalayas using maps, 3D imagery and gameplay, a media report said. Called “Verne: The Himalayas”, the app introduces the character Verne, who is a friendly, 500-foot Yeti whom children can use to move around the map scenes. Also Read - Google is shutting this popular app used by millions of users
“The new app, which the company describes as ‘an experiment’, takes advantage of Google Maps’ 3D imagery of the Himalayas but combines it with a bit of gameplay to make the idea of zooming around the 3D scene more fun and engaging,” Techcrunch reported on Thursday. Also Read - Top 5 free Android apps on Google Play store this week
The Yeti in the game can climb up to the top of Mount Everest, go skating on icy lakes, chase yaks, ride a jetpack, play Himalayan instruments and delivers educational information about the Himalayas via a voice over. Given its limited focus — only the Himalayas — this app will likely keep kids entertained for a brief period of time. Also Read - 10 most downloaded mobile games in 2021 so far
“If Google chooses to later expand this experiment to encompass more of the world and the 3D imagery it collects, it could easily turn this concept app into something that is more like an interactive, kids’ version of Google Earth,” the report said. Android users can download “Verne: The Himalayas” free from Google Play.