Google officially launches ARCore, brings Lens to more phones

24 February, 2018, 09:19 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
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Android Go features apps that Google has released for users in emerging markets, such as its Data Saver app, the Files Go peer-to-peer file sharing app, YouTube Go, and a Go version of Google Assistant.

Google said on Friday that ARCore - a software development tool for Android - is coming out of "preview" mode and is now available to developers. What will be added is a developer feature to toggle night mode for app testing.

In the shadow of Samsung's Galaxy S9 launch at Mobile World Congress (MWC), Google plans to show off the first of its ultra-cheap Android Oreo Go smartphones, some of which will retail for less than $50. Well, Google is playing catch-up with Apple with today's announcement of ARCore, Google's augmented reality SDK for Android.

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At the time, we didn't get any mention of what new devices would be coming with this Go edition initiative, but it looks like Google is almost ready to start talking details. Even if Google isn't doing that, the company is known for providing foundational services that work across all devices (Search, Gmail, YouTube, Maps) and putting Lens in AR headsets from other companies makes a lot of sense as Google's long-term ambition. Developers without access to a supported phone can use the emulator bundled in the latest Android Studio beta.

Also, seems Nokia 8 users will be able to use camera-based Lens experience within the Google Assistant.

There are already a handful of applications using ARCore, including a portal to FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium created by Snapchat, Sotheby's International Realty interior visualization tool, and an app that puts Porsche's Mission E concept vehicle in users' driveways. Google says that future versions will support models from Nokia (HMD), Huawei, Motorola, Sony Mobile, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. Google Lens has tremendous potential to change the way we interact with our smartphones and we hope that it gets polished. The update will also be available for English-language users in Canada, U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, France, India, Italy, Spain and Singapore. The next feature coming down the pipe is the ability to recognize common animals and plants, including different dog breeds and types of flowers.

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