Google Play Services for AR now supports the LG V60, Moto G8 series, Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite/Note 10 Lite, and many more

Google Play Services for AR now supports the LG V60, Moto G8 series, Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite/Note 10 Lite, and many more

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Google’s ARCore (now Google Play Services for AR) is an SDK that allows developers to add augmented reality features to apps. While it doesn’t require any specialized hardware, Google still has to work with OEMs to create custom calibration profiles for each device. Since each device has a different camera and sensor setup, getting the calibration correct is crucial for the AR features to work properly. Google regularly keeps expanding the list as more and more devices receive support, and since our last coverage, many more devices have gained official support for ARCore.

This means that all of the above-mentioned devices perform as expected with ARCore. Google provides ARCore certification on the basis of camera quality, motion sensors, and design architecture to ensure that the device would perform as AR developers would expect it to perform. The phone also needs to have a powerful enough CPU that integrates with the hardware design to ensure good performance and effective real-time calculations.

The full list of supported devices can be found here. If you have one of these supported devices and you want to try out augmented reality apps, you don’t have to do anything special. Google Play Services for AR should automatically get pushed to your device, but you can force an update by downloading the APK yourself. Once it arrives, you can download and start using any app or feature that makes use of it, such as Google Maps’ Live View mode or Pokémon GO’s AR+. Devices that are supported by Google’s AR service (as in, they have the necessary calibrations done and are recognized by the app) but aren’t listed on Google’s webpage can’t download the app from the Play Store, but it’s still possible to sideload Play Services for AR and then play around with apps that use the service.

Google Play Services for AR
Google Play Services for AR
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free