Borrowing a page from another major mobile operating system developer, Google announced that it is introducing ARCore, a platform for developers that will give them the tools needed to build augmented reality apps on the Android platform. 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.
Google was first to market with an augmented reality-enabled smartphone with the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, which was designed around the Tango software. While impressive (the phone received a CE Week Best in Show Award in 2016), the device and software hasn’t really been given an opportunity to succeed in the market. And, with the launch on iOS 11 imminent, Apple is primed to take the lead in AR development for smartphones.
Google said that the release of the preview version will allow developers to get a jump on developing with the new ARCore software. An official release will drop later this winter.
"ARCore is a foundational layer which provides similar capabilities, but it works across the Android ecosystem," a Google spokesperson told Mashable. "Both give developers the ability to build motion tracking, environmental understanding, and light estimation into AR applications. It’s easy to imagine how ARCore works with Blocks, creating 3D assets in VR and then bringing them to AR, or with VPS [Visual Positioning Service] to map and annotate indoor spaces like museums or stores with AR."
ARCore builds on the Tango technology, Google explained. The first ARCore-enabled devices are the Pixel and the Samsung S8, which run on Android 7.0 Nougat. Google said it is working with other smartphone manufacturers, including LG, Huawei, ASUS, and others, to bring the preview version of ARCore to “roughly 100 million devices.”
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