ARCore just killed Tango to battle ARKit

ARCore just killed Tango to battle ARKit”

ARCore allows developers to build AR apps that display a phone's camera view, and overlay digital objects. Also, they have already released SDK preview for Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8.

Augmented reality has come a far way from where it was, just a few years ago - two leading smartphone players, Apple and Google are bringing it back post the failure of Google Glasses in 2013-14. The company is also working on bringing AR to the web browser, and eventually wants to allow developers to build AR experiences on the web that run on both Android and iOS, powered by both ARCore and ARKit. While the basic Google Cardboard technology would give rise to the more impressive Daydream platform in 2016, Project Tango went nowhere - and now appears to have been put out to pasture in favour of an augmented reality platform which requires no special hardware.

With environmental understanding, ARCore is capable of detecting horizontal surfaces using the same feature points used for motion tracking.

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Apple is expected to release ARKit, its software development kit for AR, next month.

Google says that it's working "with manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, LG, ASUS and others to make this possible with a consistent bar for quality and high performance." for ARCore, although it's only announced the software at this stage, and not which devices it's likely to work on. Developers can share their ARCore creations on social networks with the hashtag #ARCore and Google promises to reshare the most compelling examples. This process, called visual inertial odometry (VIO), lets ARCore determine the pose (position and orientation) of the phone relative to the world over time.

Until now, it seemed as though Google didn't have an answer to Apple.

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Similarly to ARKit, ARCore does not need special cameras or sensors in order for it to work. You see, while virtual reality immerses you into a space, replacing everything you see in a physical world, AR takes the world around you and adds virtual objects over it.

ARCore will run on Android 7.0 Nougat and newer operating system versions. It offers three features such as Motion tracking that uses phone's camera to detect your position, environmental understanding for detecting horizontal surfaces, and light estimation to provide ideal light and shadow of virtual objects matching your surroundings.

Google says Android now runs on more than 2 billion active devices.

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Google showed off the power of its platform and the remarkable possibilities of augmented reality in a promo video. Now, with Apple's plans to focus on AR with the upcoming iPhone 8, Google knows these baby steps won't get it anywhere.

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