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Google’s ARCore: What’s new?

Google’s ARCore: What’s new?

ARCore has broken its particular Berlin Wall. And, recently, Google only allowed their Pixel devices to enjoy the Augmented Reality engine for smartphones, regardless of whether other devices on the market complied with the rest of the hardware and software requirements necessary for this function. That is why today, from ARDev, expert developers of augmented and virtual reality, we will discuss the case of ARCore.


ARCore expands

As we have said, until recently only Pixel terminals and some high-end Samsung were privileged to have this ARCore technology. But before we start talking about the new features of this platform, let’s start talking about what this platform is and how the idea came about.

What is ARCore?

Without going any further, ARCore is a platform created by Google that enables the landing of augmented reality of quality to mobile telephony. The G-igante knows perfectly that the AR must be present in the smartphones before it advances and adapts to other devices, such as Smart-TV or computers or video consoles. That is why, based on Java/OpenGL, Unity and Unreal, he managed to make the interaction with the environment millimeter-wise.


So it was not available for many terminals, since very specific cameras are needed for high quality cameras to achieve it.

But history has changed

Thanks to a joint collaboration between Samsung, LG, Huawei and Asus, the user experience has improved, allowing now, more than 100,000 devices (and their users) can enjoy the technology proposed by ARCore. Of course, it is still limited to most devices on the market, since not all have the latest generation smartphones. But the project is on the right track. The compatible devices are:

  • Google: Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 y Pixel 2 XL
  • Samsung: Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+ y Note8
  • LG: V30 y V30+ (Android Oreo version)
  • One+ 5
  • Asus Zenfone AR

Now the users of these devices will have access to the AR Stickers and the developments that may arise from the community.

So, if you are a carrier of any of the devices on the list, you’re in luck: just go to the Play Store and download both apps: ARCore and its extension of Stickers.

Stay tuned to our blog, as in ARDev, as expert developers of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, we will bring you the latest news, curiosities and more about this world.

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