Google ARCore 1.5 announced and the LG Q6 and LG Q8 are now supported

Google ARCore 1.5 announced and the LG Q6 and LG Q8 are now supported

Google ARCore has really taken off recently. The augmented reality platform has been getting the support of many new devices. Unlike its predecessor, Tango, it doesn’t require any dedicated hardware in order to work. Everything is made on the software end, which helped ARCore find the popularity and compatibility across a variety of devices. Today, we have something new. Google decided to not only announce the new devices support, but also the newer version of ARCore.

All of us know that augmented reality camera applications aren’t very battery friendly. Google has been working on fixing that issue for a really long time. We have previously found the clues about ARCore 1.5, which suggested the compatibility of devices like OnePlus 6T, Huawei Mate 20, and more. The LG Q6, LG Q8, Asus ROG Phone, and Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 are all now officially supported devices, but let’s talk about the new features.

glTF loading in runtime

If you’ve ever developed an ARCore-based application, then you know that loading glTF models was previously impossible. You had to convert them to SFB format to use them correctly. From now on, you’ll be able to use the API in Sceneform that will let you load glTF models from either the cloud or the local storage.

Sceneform is now open source

Sceneform has helped developers use the built-in models and elements in their apps and save a bunch of time. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been possible to alter or modify the elements to our liking, so Sceneform didn’t make much sense at times. From now on, Sceneform is open source and it lives on the GitHub. You can freely modify any element you’d like and use it in your application.

Adding point cloud IDs to ARCore

Apparently, some developers have requested to be able to associate points between frames when it comes to point clouds. That gives them an ability to make the more solid structure. New point IDs are unique, and they are lost when they get out of view.

Currently, ARCore is officially supported on these devices:

ARCore Supported Devices as of September 28th, 2018

Device Notes
Asus ROG Phone
Asus Zenfone AR
Asus Zenfone ARES
Google Nexus 5X Requires Android 8.0 or later
Google Nexus 6P Requires Android 8.0 or later
Google Pixel
Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 2 XL
Nokia 6 (2018) Also known as Nokia 6.1
Nokia 6.1 Plus
Nokia 7 Plus
Nokia 8 Requires Android 8.0 or later
Nokia 8 Sirocco
Honor 10
Huawei Nova 3
Huawei Nova 3i
Huawei P20
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
LG G6 Requires Android 8.0 or later
LG G7 ThinQ
LG Q6
LG Q8
LG V30 Requires Android 8.0 or later
LG V30+ Requires Android 8.0 or later
LG V30+ JoJo Requires Android 8.0 or later
LG V35 ThinQ
Moto G5S Plus
Moto G6
Moto G6 Plus
Moto X4 Requires Android 8.0 or later
Moto Z2 Force
Moto Z3
Moto Z3 Play
OnePlus 3T Requires Android 8.0 or later
OnePlus 5
OnePlus 5T
OnePlus 6
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Requires Android 8.0 or later
Sony Xperia XZ1 Requires Android 8.0 or later
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Requires Android 8.0 or later
Sony Xperia XZ2 Requires Android 8.0 or later with software update after Aug 2018 (security patch level 2018-08-05 or later)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Requires Android 8.0 or later with software update after Aug 2018 (security patch level 2018-08-05 or later)
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Requires Android 8.0 or later with software update after Aug 2018 (security patch level 2018-08-05 or later)
Vivo NEX A
Vivo NEX S
Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Xiaomi Pocophone F1

You can download or update the ARCore application from the link below. If you use one of the newly added devices or want to update to the 1.5 version of the application, you may have to wait a couple of days, as an update isn’t widely available just yet. Also, make sure to download Just a Line to test the abilities of augmented reality.

ARCore by Google
ARCore by Google
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Source: Google Developers Blog

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