Google To Make New Design Changes To Android Augmented Reality

Google Reveals ARCore For Android

The products are set to be available after the unveiling of its mobile iOS 11 version, sadly this new development, however, implies that older versions of their devices (iPad Air 2, iPhone 6) will not be able to run the AR apps due to the processor demands.

Facebook already used this year's F8 keynote address to showcase its AR initiative, lauded as "the first mainstream augmented reality platform".

Google's ARCore works with Java/OpenGL and focuses on motion tracking, environmental understanding and light estimation. Developers interested in trying it out can find out more on Google's website.

David Burke, VP Android Engineering at Google said, "We've been developing the fundamental technologies that power mobile AR over the last three years with Tango, and ARCore is built on that work".

The SDK works out of the box with Unity, Unreal, and Android Studio.

According to Google, the platform will be compatible with both new devices and existing flagships (for example, the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8 with Android version 7.0 and above). Despite the fact that Pokemon Go which is AR-themed has achieved high popularity on iOS, with ARKit it will be possible to anchor objects to places.

Burke added: "We built Blocks and Tilt Brush to make it easy for anyone to quickly create great 3D content for use in AR apps".

Google is now working with multiple device manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Asus and Huawei about enabling support for ARCore, he said. ARCore takes into account lighting and allows developers to realistically illuminate objects or to create shadows in their applications. As we mentioned at I/O, we're also working on Visual Positioning Service (VPS), a service which will enable world scale AR experiences well beyond a tabletop. The tools are Google's answer to Apple's ARKit, launched this summer, and will bring better AR to Android handsets.

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