Google ARCore is a great gift from Google for all its Android users. It will empower Android devices to experience Augmented Reality(AR) through a software. Google has been working on this ARCore project for years and the technologies used to make this possible were developed while working for popular AR project Tango. Google is aiming to reach out to 100 million Android devices that will not need any extra hardware pieces to enable the technology and experience Augmented Reality.
Apple is also planning to launch its AR Kit and chances are you might just see them with the release of iPhone 8. But Google has gone one step ahead to release a developer preview version of ARCore for latest Android devices. Google is currently in talks with smartphone makers like Samsung, Huawei, LG and most importantly Asus who are the first company to release AR enabled smartphones. Google wants these makers to bring out the next set of the handset with ARCore project enabled features. ARCore runs on Java OpenGL and on Unity and Unreal which are game engines. For now, the preview is available for experimentation only on Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone. Once all the reviews of the preview version are collected and modifications are made, you can expect an official release of ARCore in the very near future.
It is still underdeveloped but for now, Google has provided features to detect horizontal plans, motion management and tracking the position and orientation of the smartphone, light detection and estimation so that virtual objects can blend with room light perfectly.
Download Google ARCore On Any Android Phone [APK]
If you have Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy S8 with Android 7.0 Nougat or above, it should work smoothly. If you have any other device, you can give it a try.
First, install the modified ARCore Service APK as you will not be able to download it from Google Play if you do not have Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy S8. You need to go to Settings and then to Security and enable Unknown Sources to install the external APK file.
Then, install Hello AR APK which is a test app based on ARCore platform to experience Augmented Reality on your smartphone without any other additional hardware. Augmented Reality is the next trend in the smartphone industry and you will see more and more smartphones coming up with bloatware dedicated to AR.