Google Drops ARCore Preview for Developers

Google Drops ARCore Preview for Developers

ARCore is a development platform that will allow Android app developers to quickly and easily build AR experiences into their apps and games.

ARcore is created to work on an array of qualified Android phones running Nougat and later, but during the preview phase it will primarily support the Google Pixel, Pixel CL, and Samsung Galaxy S8. This, of course, is in response to Apple's recent announcement that ARKit-an augmented reality developer's kit-would be released ahead of the iOS 11 launch.

Because of that, Google is also releasing "prototype browsers" so web developers can start working with AR.

Google's mobile AR efforts have been focused on its Project Tango AR initiative over the past few years. Your phone's camera will make sure "virtual objects remain accurately placed", Burke says, while "ARCore can detect horizontal surfaces using the same feature points it uses for motion tracking" for objects on a floor or table.

With this set of basics, developers should be able to sink their teeth into some basic augmented reality thanks to ARCore. As said by Clay Bavor, Vice President of Augmented and Virtual Reality at Google, during an interview, "ARCore is an SDK for developers to develop exclusive AR experiences on smartphones with Android OS". That gives it an advantage over Google's previous AR project, Tango, which needs special sensors and camera technology.

The furniture retailer worked with Apple to develop an app which allows phone users to measure the space in their homes and digitally "place" an item from its catalogue in that space on their phone.

It is seemed that Apple and Google had to make compromises to bring the technology to market. Google sees email and browsers as a way to get AR content to people en masse. "We foresee, in the future, many more phones having depth-sensing capabilities and as those come into mainstream phones, that's great, ARCore will work seamlessly with those and benefit from the additional sensing capabilities".

Which devices work with ARCore? The tech giant is hoping this will happen again on the development side of things, despite not offering creators the most technically capable hardware to build their AR apps for. Developers can share their ARCore creations on social networks with the hashtag #ARCore and Google promises to reshare the most compelling examples. Today, ARCore runs on the Google Pixel and Samsung's Galaxy S8.

Apple has often been accused of putting on a facade and pretending it developed new technology that other companies had been experimenting with for years.



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