ARCore is Google's Answer to Apple's Augmented Reality Plans

Google launches ARCore SDK in preview: AR on Android phones, no extra hardware required

Google brings AR development to Android phones

The new platform will let creators build augmented reality applications and experiences for Android devices, phasing out the hardware-based Project Tango and competing with Apple's ARKit. ARCore is an AR software development kit (SDK), and it essentially draws from all of the Project Tango core elements and puts them into phones that don't require all of the Tango sensors.

For now, only the Google Pixel smartphones and the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be able to make use of the technology once it launches.

The announcement comes almost three months after Apple announced its own augmented reality development platform for developers, called ARKit, in June. Google thinks the Web will end up being a part of AR as well and is also releasing "prototype browsers for web developers so they can start experimenting with AR" as well.

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A preview release of Google's ARcore SDK is available now, but it presently works on only three devices. That experiment has resulted in 2 spec-heavy Tango-ready phones - the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Asus ZenFone AR.

Dave Burke, VP, Android Engineering, Google, said in a blog post: "We're working with manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, LG, ASUS and others to make this possible with a consistent bar for quality and high performance".

ARCore works by taking into account the lighting, environment and position of the phone. Notably, the introduction of ARCore means Google is phasing out its Tango brand, TechCrunch reported.

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Mr Michael Valdsgaard, a developer with the furniture chain Ikea, called the system "rock solid", noting that it could estimate the size of virtual furniture placed in a room with 98 per cent accuracy, despite lacking special sensors.

Yes, ARCore will probably arrive to millions of Android devices, but only if certain conditions are met. Until now, many AR masterpieces have come out of ARKit, such as "Take On Me" style music video, restaurant app that can display virtual food items, a virtual pet game, and others. Fortunately, Google is bringing similar technology to standard Android phones.

Unlike virtual reality, which completely blocks out the physical world, augmented reality overlays visuals and information onto a person's immediate surroundings - for example, when viewed through a smartphone or tablet screen. ARCore is supposed to more broadly leverage Android, which Google touts as "the largest mobile platform in the world". ARCore and its ties to Android will undoubtedly be compared to Apple's ARKit and iOS, which we'll be hearing more about next month.

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