In a couple of weeks, Apple will release ARKit with iOS 11 and, overnight, hundreds of millions of Apple devices will become augmented reality-capable machines, giving developers a sort of new mobile gold rush to find their niche and capitalize on the platform Apple CEO Tim Cook has called “big and profound.”
Google has similarly been experimenting with smartphone AR since it first showed off Project Tango to the world in 2014. Three years later the company has some great technology to show off as a result, but very little in the way of actual users. Today, the company is signalling a bit of a reactionary shift in its strategy by releasing a developer preview of ARCore, a platform that will deliver AR capabilities to Android smartphones at a scale Tango was never able to reach.
ARCore is launching on the Pixel and Galaxy S8 (running 7.0 Nougat and above) to start, but by its public launch, Google plans to have 100 million Android devices supported for motion-tracked AR that eschews Tango’s 3D mesh formation in favour of surface detection technologies similar to what we’ve seen from ARKit.
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