Google Delivers an Answer to Apple on Augmented Reality

Google Delivers an Answer to Apple on Augmented Reality

Hence, the Mountain View-based tech firm has announced ARCore, a new software for developers to build AR apps on Android.

Apple and Google are preparing to go head-to-head with their development of competing Augmented Reality (AR) platforms.

AR will not be limited to phones, so Google is "releasing prototype browsers for web developers so they can start experimenting with AR, too", Burke says.

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For the past three years, Google has been developing AR tools using Project Tango processor developed by Irish-born technology firm Movidius, now a part of Intel. ARCore's motion tracking technology uses the phone's camera to identify interesting points, called features, and tracks how those points move over time. ARCore can detect horizontal surfaces using the same feature points (visually distinct features in the captured camera image that ARCore can recognize even when the camera's position changes slightly) it uses for motion tracking.

ARCore is available via GitHub to developers immediately and can run on the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones. For now, there are just two phones that can run it, but Google is working on making it available on millions of other Android devices from the OEMs like Samsung, Huawei, LG and ASUS. At its developer conference this year, the firm said it was working on a new visual positioning service that helps phones understand where people are indoors. All this is pretty impressive, which is why Google didn't want to wait and has come up with its answer to Apple's ARKit. Tango uses multiple cameras and sensors in order to properly function, which boosts the cost, size, and weight of the device.

Google states: "ARCore's understanding of the real world lets you place objects, annotations, or other information in a way that integrates seamlessly with the real world".

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But will your Android device support ARCore apps? The custom browsers, rumored to also be compatible with Apple's ARKit, are now in prototype but will allow augmented reality content to be created and viewed on a website. Google has also released a range of experiments demonstrating its capabilities. By opening up the technology via ARCore, Google now has a much better chance of reaching a wider audience.

Apple launched its own ARKit platform at the company's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in June 2017. Unlike Google's Tango offering, however, ARKit is not capable of mapping a three-dimensional space like Tango, resulting in the platform's inability to take precise measurements into account when running augmented reality apps.

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