Google has released ARCore — a new platform for augmented reality


At the exhibition of mobile technologies mobile world Congress 2018 will see not only modern smartphones, but those things that make these devices so beloved by a broad audience — new technology. As previously anticipated, during the period of this important industry exhibition, the long-awaited release of a new augmented reality platform from the search giant — ARCore, which the connoisseurs of high technology already knew a little before. What this means for the future of Android smartphones and users of these popular devices?

As reported by Vlad (Vlad) on the resource page, ARCore SDK has become version 1.0. This happened after a long period of testing platform, which continued, as is well known to connoisseurs of high technology, since August of last year. The final version of the platform means that any developer who creates an application using the elements of augmented reality can place their apps for the most popular mobile platform Android in Google Play.


In ARCore 1.0 improved perception of the environment, allowing users to place virtual objects or textures, such as posters, furniture, boxes of toys, books, containers, and more. An example of such a “blend” of the objects of virtual reality to the picture of the real world shown in the image above.

Now the platform of augmented reality by Google is compatible only with 100 million smartphones running develop the search giant’s mobile operating system. All supports 13 models: Google’s Pixel, the Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, S7 and S7 edge; LG V30 and V30+, Asus Zenfone 5 and OnePlus AR.

It is expected that in the future ARCore compatibility with devices of various vendors will be significantly expanded. Among the brands that will be supported by the platform of augmented reality will include Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, ASUS, Xiaomi, Nokia, ZTE, Sony and Vivo.

On the technology of augmented reality, many say the first year. Moreover, Apple has even provided a Toolkit ARKit together with your new iPhone. We are talking about a platform that allows developers to access implemented in the iPhone the capabilities of virtual reality that allows you to “place” the augmented reality object in the real world, the observed, of course, using your phone’s camera. In more detail the prospects for further development of the technology of augmented reality was considered by Preslava Katelieva (Preslav Kateliev) on the resource page even before reports about the release of the new platform.

The scope of application of augmented reality can be different — from virtual to virtual roulette IKEA furniture, which the user would be able to see in his room before deciding if he likes her. In addition, augmented reality gives the possibility of more realistic placement of stickers and Emoji. Thus, augmented reality can be used for work and for entertainment. This makes it more attractive for large companies than other technology — virtual reality.

One of the leaders of the modern technological market — Google — quickly responded to ARKit from Apple its own ARCore. The concept is the same — it is a framework that gives developers the ability to create augmented reality apps for phones from partners of the project Google ARCore. Since support ARCore implies certain requirements for products containing this technology will work, Google has developed the following requirements for each manufacturer’s phones that would include this framework in their devices.

ARCore technology was already available as an evaluation version for developers, i.e., beta. It is only supported by some smartphones — for example, including the first Pixel and Pixel 2, and S8 and Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung. As previously reported resource citing an “unnamed source”, ARCore will be shown to the public during the MWC 2018. It was not just about the announcement and the release of a new platform of augmented reality.

This means that in the future the possibility of installing ARCore will be available to a larger number of models of smart phones and all the apps that developers will create a platform for augmented reality will start to appear in Google Play.

And the new message is finally confirmed in reality, meaning that augmented reality technology will be quite spectacular development. In this context, it is necessary to remember that ARCore was announced in August of 2017 and earlier already been considered. Later, in December of last year, was made another announcement — about a complete cessation of development since March 1, 2018 previous virtual reality platform from Google — Project Tango.

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