Google is preparing to bring its new ‘Sonic’ voice-recognition app to the iPhone and iPad this year, with the app likely to hit iOS sometime next year.
The app, which is called ‘Sesame Street’, is an augmented reality app that lets you create and share virtual replicas of your favorite characters.
It is based on the Google-owned voice-controlled toy, which was unveiled in 2016 and is based around the popular cartoon Sesame Street.
The company is developing the app as part of its ‘Sylvania’ initiative, which aims to create “a world that is accessible to everyone”.
It is currently available only in the US, but Google said it is looking at expanding to other markets and plans to launch it on iOS devices in 2019.
“Sesame Workshop is now available in the U.S. and will soon be available in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, and Germany,” the company said in a statement.
“In 2019, we’ll release it for Android devices.
Google has invested in Sesame Workshop to help kids discover, build, and share creativity, and we look forward to bringing this app to other platforms in the future.”
The app has a “featured set of animated scenes that teach children about their favorite characters, and the possibilities of creating a virtual character,” the statement added.
“We’re excited to bring Sonic to iPhone and Android in 2019 and hope that fans of the character and children alike will be able to find inspiration in their favorite shows and movies.”
The ‘Sega’ video game series, which launched in 1991, was a massive hit in Japan, where Sega launched an app for the Nintendo Wii and Game Boy in 2010.
The Japanese company has since released its own virtual toys for the Wii, Wii U and Wii Pro, and announced that the first Sonic the Hedgehog game will be released on iOS in 2018.
The announcement comes as Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone on Wednesday.