Google Play Services for AR now supports the OPPO Find X2, Samsung Galaxy M21/M31, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, and more

Google Play Services for AR now supports the OPPO Find X2, Samsung Galaxy M21/M31, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8, and more

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Google’s first foray into augmented reality for mobile devices was Project Tango. The venture, however, wasn’t quite successful because of steep hardware requirements. The Mountain View giant later launched a software-based solution named Google Play Services for AR (formerly called ARCore) that allows developers to add augmented reality features to apps without any dedicated hardware. Google still needs to manually whitelist the devices, partly because accurate sensor calibration is a mandatory step for the AR features to work properly. A bunch of devices from Xiaomi, OPPO, Samsung, and other OEMs have now gained official support for ARCore.

The following phones have been added to Google’s “ARCore supported devices” list since our last coverage:

It is worth mentioning that other members of the Moto G8 family, e.g. the Moto G8 Play and Moto G8 Plus, are also certified by Google to use ARCore. The owners of these phones are now able to download and install any app that relies on the AR service without any issues. Google Play Services for AR should be automatically pushed to your device, or you can even manually install the APK after downloading it yourself. Afterward, you can try out Google’s own Measure app to take accurate measurements of objects around you or enjoy augmented reality experiences in Pokémon GO’s AR multiplayer mode.

Can’t locate your phone in the list? Google has yet to officially whitelist several capable devices, and we’ll inform you when the company updates the list to include them. It is also possible to sideload the Google Play Services for AR APK on unsupported devices, but users might face occasional glitches due to the lack of proper calibration.

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