Google Expands Cardboard Availability
Google today made its Cardboard app available to more countries and more languages. Google says the app can be used across 39 languages in more than 100 countries around the world. Moreover, Google added 10 languages to the Cardboard SDK so more developers can create virtual reality apps for Cardboard. Google says a number of open-source Cardboard designs are available to do-it-yourselfers, in addition to the manufactured viewers from Mattel, Zeiss, and others. The updated SDK (for developers) improves sensor algorithms and performance, and also delivers smoother rendering on Android and iOS devices. Google says Cardboard is available within more apps, too, such as Google Street View, so people can immerse themselves in different areas around the word. The Google Cardboard app is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Jan 25, 2018
Google today updated the Android Wear SDK for developers and revealed several new features that are headed to its smartwatch platform later this year. Primarily, Android Wear will add a notification indicator to all watch faces.
Aug 29, 2017
Google today introduced ARCore, a software developer kit that will bring augmented reality to existing and future Android smartphones without the special hardware required by Project Tango. Google says it built ARCore on the foundation set by Project Tango, but has tweaked it in a way the will allow most devices to run AR apps and content.
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Feb 23, 2018
Google today made ARCore 1.0 available to developers and the public, bringing augmented reality to some 100 million smartphones around the world. Handsets compatible with ARCore include Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7, and S7 edge; LGE’s V30 and V30+; Asus’s Zenfone AR; and OnePlus’s OnePlus 5.
Mar 21, 2018
Qualcomm today announced a new software development kit for the Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform. Qualcomm believes this new SDK will give developers the power they need to create next-generation virtual reality experiences.