Google's ARCore to Let Multiple People See the Same AR Content at the Same Time
Google today announced an update to its ARCore platform for augmented reality. The platform gains a handful of new tools to help developers create more immersive and shared AR experiences. First and foremost, ARCore introduces something Google calls Cloud Anchors. With Cloud Anchors, multiple devices can generate a shared, synchronized image of the world. It allows multiple phones to see and interact with the same content in the same place at the same time. It's a way to enable multi-player games, for example, or group room decorating. Sceneform is another new tool that makes it easier for developers to make AR experiences from Java-based applications. Sceneform has an expressive API, renderer, and seamless support for 3D objects. Last, Augmented Images makes it possible to attach augmented reality content to objects in the real world and expand them to view 3D renderings, such as opening a box. This is made possible in pat thanks to new support for vertical plane detection. The new ARCore will be made available to both Android and iOS devices. Developers can grab the new ARCore developer tools from the Android Developer web site.
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.
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 20, 2018
Google today highlighted some of the initial augmented reality apps to reach the Play Store that take advantage of ARCore 1.0. Google says some 60 apps are now available for dozens of smartphone models.
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.