Google has introduced; Google ARCore, a new software development kit for building Augmented Reality apps on Android. This apparently takes on Apple’s ARKit for iOS 11 that was introduced back in June.
Google ARCore For Augmented Reality
This software development kit brings Augmented Reality to millions of Android phones without any additional hardware (like Google’s Tango). This works by tracking the position of the mobile device as it moves, building its own understanding of the real world.
Google’s ARCore can detect flat surfaces, like a table and can estimate the average lighting in the area around it. Google is also releasing prototype browsers for web developers that will allow them to create AR-enhanced websites and run them on both Android (ARCore) and iOS (ARKit).
Core Features Of Google ARCore
ARCore uses three key technologies to integrate virtual content with the real world;
- Motion tracking allows the phone to understand and track its position relative to the world.
- Light estimation allows the phone to estimate the environment’s current lighting conditions.
- Environmental understanding allows the phone to detect the size and location of flat horizontal surfaces.
Google ARCore will run on Android devices running 7.0 Nougat and above. Google has released SDK preview for Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and Samsung Galaxy S8. It has been reported to be working with Samsung, Huawei, LG, ASUS and other OEMs.