ARCore, Google's augmented reality SDK for Android, is out of preview and launching as version 1.0. This should open the floodgates so more developers can bring higher quality AR apps to a number of high-end Android phones including: Google's Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung's Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7 and S7 edge; LGE's V30 and V30+ (Android O only); ASUS's Zenfone AR; and OnePlus's OnePlus 5.
Keen Android users who've been following a somewhat obscure Google Issue Tracker thread from November of a year ago celebrated an exciting new development today. The good news is that new Nokia smartphones will support Google ARCore 1.0. Google suggested that they're "we're partnering with many manufacturers to enable their upcoming devices this year". Currently, I find that Lens is quite adept at differentiating between various types of flowers, but struggles at more hard things like picking a specific vehicle model or identifying other types of greenery.
Google also plans to expand the Android Enterprise Recommended program to other aspects of EMM, including training programs. Developers without access to a supported phone can use the emulator bundled in the latest Android Studio beta.
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There are already a handful of applications using ARCore, including a portal to FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium created by Snapchat, Sotheby's International Realty interior visualization tool, and an app that puts Porsche's Mission E concept auto in users' driveways. The Google employee then also noted that the "engineering team has added this feature" and that it would be present "in a future Android release".
Over the coming weeks, the update will be available to users with compatible Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony and HMD/Nokia handsets. The tool, available in a Google Photos update for iPhones and Androids, uses Google's image searching power to identify objects and text in your photos and make them searchable. Google says Lens will soon be able to recognize common animals and plants, including specific dog breeds and flowers.