Google Pixel phone owners may be aware of ARCore, which has brought them the joy of sharing AR Stickers. Taking the training wheels of its augmented reality system, Google is rolling out the ARCore with brand new features.
With the release of ARCore 1.0 on the Google Play Store, the Mountain View company is opening the doors for the developers to create AR apps. The augmented reality system is already compatible with 13 different smartphones.
- Google Pixel and Pixel 2 sets
- Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+ and Note8
- LG V30 and V30+ (Oreo only)
- Asus Zenfone AR
- OnePlus 5
And that makes the AR apps compatible with as many as 100 million devices already, and we guess all major releases would support AR apps right out of the box. By year-end, this figure should be about 150 million.
And beyond those available today, we’re partnering with many manufacturers to enable their upcoming devices this year, including Samsung, Huawei, LGE, Motorola, ASUS, Xiaomi, HMD/Nokia, ZTE, Sony Mobile, and Vivo.
Android Studio Beta has also been integrated with ARCore to help developers test out their AR apps. Google also plans to partner with Chinese Android OEMs such as Xiaomi and Huawei to help AR apps grow in regions where the Google Play Store is restricted.