Google introduced ARCore in September last year with an aim to offer Augmented Reality (AR) experiences on Android smartphones without needing a dedicated triple-camera setup. But ever since its introduction, the platform has been available only on a handful of smartphones, which includes the likes of Pixel and Galaxy S8 smartphones. The support was slowly added to other flagship smartphones, but the ones placed in the mid-range segment were missing the support.
With the latest ARCore 1.3 update, Google is expanding the AR platform support to a range of mid-range smartphones, along with flagship models. ARCore 1.3 now supports the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 3T, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G5s Plus, Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus, Honor 10, Xiaomi Mi 8, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A8 (2018), Galaxy A8+ (2018) and more.
If you own any of the above compatible smartphones, you’ll need to download the “ARCore by Google” app from the Play Store, and once installed, you can then download AR apps. Some of the popular ones available on the Play Store include Snake Reloaded in AR, Monster Park AR, Atom Visualizer, Slignshot Island, and Paint Space AR to name a few.
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While Project Tango required a complex camera setup and hardware, ARCore aims to deliver AR experience to 100 million users. And with the support growing from flagship to mid-range smartphones, we are looking forward to see the platform support affordable and entry-level smartphones too. It is how Google can actually expand the AR reach to the mass audience.
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