Google has released the first versions of its ARCore augmented reality platform and Lens object recognition system to Android devices beyond its Pixel lineup. This comes after the Pixel and Pixel 2 received exclusivity of both features for a while back in 2017. Now, both functions are beginning to roll out to more Android-powered smartphones.
Specifically, as for the former, ARCore 1.0 is currently available on Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, S7 Edge, and S7; Asus’ ZenFone AR; and OnePlus’s OnePlus 5. It’ll also become available on the Android O version of the LG V30 and V30 Plus. Google is currently working with more OEMs such as Samsung, Huawei, LGE, Motorola, ASUS, Xiaomi, HMD/Nokia, ZTE, Sony Mobile, and Vivo to make sure ARCore works on their future handsets.
By installing it from the Play Store, ARCore will allow users to experience AR apps built upon the platform similar to what ARKit enables on Apple’s iOS. To kick things off, Google partnered with some developers to bring AR experiences to early adopters. For instance, Snapchat has built its app on top of ARCore to deliver improved and more accurate experiences with its “world” lenses. Otto AR lets you place different pieces of exclusive furniture around your home. Heck, Porsche can even let you explore its Mission E Concept vehicle right in your own driveway.
There’s a ton more experiences worth exploring if you have a compatible smartphone in the Play Store now.
As for Google Lens, the company’s object recognition feature is now rolling out to all users of the updated Photos app, whether they’re on Android or iOS. By hitting a button within the app, you’ll be able to identify things like products, posters, text, animals, plants, and more right from the camera interface that’s presented. A little Lens shortcut in the Assitant will also be rolling out to English-speaking users over time.
Expect more news surrounding Google’s efforts in AI and AR in the near future.