OnePlus 8, Samsung Galaxy A51 5G, and Samsung Galaxy A71 5G now support Google Play Services for AR
Google Play Services for AR (formerly Google ARCore) is a software service from the company that enables applications to create augmented reality experiences on devices without the need for dedicated hardware. While the service just uses a device’s existing cameras and sensors for the AR experience, Google has to work with OEMs to create custom calibration profiles for each device in order to ensure that the AR features work properly. The company regularly keeps adding to the list of support devices, and since our last coverage earlier this month, six more devices have gained official support for the service.
The following devices now officially support Google Play Services for AR:
- Infinix Mobile Note 7
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy A51
- Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
Once Google announces support for a new device, Google Play Services for AR is automatically pushed to the device and you can start using AR applications right away. However, in case you haven’t received the update yet, you can force it by sideloading the APK yourself. Once you have it installed on your device, you can start using any app or feature that offers AR capabilities. If you’re new to the AR realm, we’d recommend checking out Google’s Measure app that lets you take accurate measurements of objects around you or Pokémon GO’s AR+ mode for a more immersive Pokémon catching experience.
It’s also worth noting that while you can sideload the Google Play Services for AR APK on an unsupported device, you might face occasional glitches due to the lack of proper calibration. So make sure you check the full list of supported devices before sideloading the APK onto your phone.