Google introduced ARCore SDK preview, allowing AR on Android devices

 

Now Google has officially announced ARCore. ARCore is a whole new software development kit(SDK) for creating augmented reality applications on Android platform. ARCore delivers augmented reality features to present and forthcoming Android devices without any supplementary types of equipment. Apple introduced ARKit one month ago for iPhone devices running on iOS 11. We can assume that ARCore will be Google’s solution to Apples’s ARKit. Augmented Reality works by way of monitoring the position of the mobile device as it moves, and constructing its own perception of the physical world.

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So with the introduction of ARCore, it appears like Google’s former AR-focused attempt Tango will vanish from the picture. Tango needs a number of specialized accessories on devices that support it. Hence, to this point, we’ve merely found a couple of devices(Asus Zenfone AR and Lenovo Phab2 Pro) possess Tango capabilities. ARCore uses a few key technologies to integrate virtual content with the real world as seen through your phone’s camera. One of them is Motion tracking, which allows the device to realize as well as monitor its position in relation to the surroundings. The second one is related with Light approximation, which allows the device to evaluate the surrounding’s current illumination factors.

The final one is Environmental understanding, which allows the phone to identify the dimensions as well as the position of leveled flat areas such as floors and tables. So by combining these three capabilities, ARCore can easily pick up leveled areas, such as a desk or the floor, which enables them to calculate the approximate illumination on those surroundings.

 

Google is also introducing prototype browsers for web-developers so that they will be able to initiate testing on this feature. These browsers will help developers to build AR-enhanced web sites as well as operate them on both Android devices with ARCore as well as iOS devices with ARKit. ARCore is going to operate on countless models having Android version 7.0 Nougat and above. Google has launched software development kit preview for a couple of Google Pixel devices and Samsung Galaxy S8 and aiming to reach other millions of devices. They also stated that they are working together with OEMs like Huawei, Samsung, LG, ASUS, and others to render top quality together with high-end performance.

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