Redmi K20/K20 Pro, Redmi Note 7/7 Pro, Motorola One Action/Zoom, and more now support Google’s AR services
Google and AR have had a rocky history together. Google’s first foray into augmented reality for mobile devices, Project Tango, was not very successful, partly because it required dedicated hardware to even work. As you may remember, there were pretty much no devices supporting Project Tango aside from a few developer devices and one Lenovo phone. Google then decided to launch ARCore, which was recently renamed to Google Play Services for AR, which doesn’t require any dedicated hardware. ARCore has caught on a lot better as it brought reliable augmented reality to millions of existing and new devices.
There is just one catch, though: devices have to be manually whitelisted by Google for them to work with ARCore. This is because Google works with OEMs to create a custom calibration profile for each device that differs based on the device’s camera and sensor setup. The list of supported devices is ever-growing, thankfully, and devices that are capable of using ARCore are promptly whitelisted. Google Play Services for AR is now becoming available on 8 more devices, including the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Motorola One Action, the Motorola One Zoom, the OPPO Reno A and the Vivo iQOO. All of these devices will now be able to try out and use AR-compatible apps on the Google Play Store.
If you have one of these 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’ new Live View mode or Pokémon GO’s AR+.