Google has released version 1.0 of their augmented reality SDK, ARCore and some updates coming to Google Lens.
This means that the SDK is out of preview and developers can publish their own AR apps to the Google Play Store. Google says that ARCore will be able to work on 100 million Android devices but for now, it works with the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7 and S7 Edge, LG V30 and V30+, Asus Zenfone AR and the OnePlus 5.
Google will be partnering with Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Asus, Xiaomi, HMD/Nokia, Sony and Vivo to help them enable ARCore on their devices.
On the developer side of things, ARCore 1.0 will bring improved environmental understanding which can help users place virtual objects on textured surfaces like posters, furniture, toy boxes, book, cans and more. Android 3.1 Beta will include support ARCore in the Emulator, so developers can test their app in a virtual environment.
Google has also partnered with companies to create more immersive AR experiences. one of which is being able to see different room interiors within your home with Sotherby’s International Reality.
Snapchat will be using ARCore to create Camp Nou experience, which is FC Barcelona’s home stadium, so fans can experience what it’s like to be there. You’ll be able to walk around and explore, this is possible with the help of Snap’s Lens engine that has 6 degrees-of-freedom. The Camp Nou AR experience will be available in mid-March on any Snapchat compatible device.
In addition, Sony has created Ghostbusters World, which is an augmented reality experience based on the film franchise.
Google also announced some upcoming updates to Google Lens. In the coming weeks, Google will be bringing Google Lens to more countries. And soon, when you take a photo, you’ll be able to get more information about what’s in your photo and lens will be rolling out to all Google Photos English-language users with the latest version of the app for Android and iOS 9 or later.
Google will be bringing Lens to flagship devices from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony and HMD/Nokia over the next couple of weeks. The update will be available to English-language users in Canada, US, UK, Germany, Australia, India, France, Italy, Spain and Singapore.