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.