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ARCore 1.0 just released; Android AR apps incoming

24 February 2018

Now developers can publish AR apps directly to the Play Store.

Google has been doing more to support high-end devices that have the computing power for artificial intelligence, and ARCore is one way Android can compete with Apple's luxury handsets. Files Go, the storage manager for devices that need more memory and space, adds a small but useful feature to the app, making it easier to back up your files on Google Drive, which is logical given they're all part of the whole Google ecosystem. I've been digging around in the ARCore documentation to try to figure out just what "advanced" capabilities are specifically but haven't found much.

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Variety was first to report about the impending launch of ARCore at Mobile World Congress Thursday. That's great and all, but when you consider that Android users have been asking for an official dark mode in the OS for years at this point, the feature remains pretty vague and offputting considering it doesn't make everything in the OS dark.

Google will also be showcasing new features it's developed for Google Assistant and Lens.

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"Through this collaboration, we've built a Lens experience that is totally immersive and unique."

Google Photos for Android and iOS will get Lens built-in so that when you take a picture, you get more information about what's in your photo. Moreover, the app has a new experience that lets you digitally place yourself in the football club, Barcelona FC's Camp Nou stadium.

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ARCore now works on 13 Android devices: the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Samsung's Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, S7 and S7 Edge, LG's V30 and V30 Plus (with Android O only), Asus' ZenFone AR and the OnePlus 5. There's a whole lot more coming, and it's coming rather soon. Google says that future versions will support models from Nokia (HMD), Huawei, Motorola, Sony Mobile, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. The tool, available in a Google Photos update for iPhones and Androids, uses Google's image searching power to identify objects and text in your photos and make them searchable. The update will also be available for English-language users in Canada, U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, France, India, Italy, Spain and Singapore.

ARCore 1.0 just released; Android AR apps incoming