ARCore apps have arrived in China. Google’s first partner is Xiaomi, and the first compatible smartphone is the Mi MIX 2s. The search giant has also revealed that more hardware partners will soon be announced.
To use ARCore apps, one needs to have a smartphone running Android 7.0 and above, as well as the Google Play Store. But since the search giant’s app store is not available in China, it has come up with a workaround. The ARCore apps are currently available on Xiaomi’s App Store. But they will currently only work on the Mi MIX 2s.
With China being too important a market for Google to ignore, it has come up with such workarounds before as well. For its Wear OS, Google has similarly partnered local app stores. Currently, Google’s wearable apps can be downloaded from Huawei or Mobvoi’s app stores. Similarly, the ARCore apps will also be available on other OEMs’ app stores in the coming weeks.
— Google AR & VR (@GoogleARVR) May 28, 2018
ARCore is essentially a platform for developers to create apps that will be using augmented reality for various tasks. In other words, it is Google’s take on the Apple ARKit. There are over 30 devices that support ARCore from OEMs like Samsung, Sony, OnePlus, Motorola, and HMD Global to name a few. You can check the entire list of compatible devices at https://developers.google.com/ar/discover/supported-devices.
Watch: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s First Look
Xiaomi’s bezel-less Mi MIX 2s was launched in China earlier this year. It features a 5.99-inch full HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB internal storage. There is a dual-camera setup (12-megapixel+12-megapixel) at the back, 5-megapixel selfie snapper, fingerprint sensor.