Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Google announces ARCore, an Augmented Reality development kit

Today, Google announced a new Augmented Reality SDK preview for developers dubbed ARCore. Based off work it has accomplished with Project Tango and similar to Apple’s ARKit, ARCore allow developers to implement Augmented Reality into their apps starting today.

From the Google Blog:

ARCore will run on millions of devices, starting today with the Pixel and Samsung’s S8, running 7.0 Nougat and above. We’re targeting 100 million devices at the end of the preview. We’re working with manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, LG, ASUS and others to make this possible with a consistent bar for quality and high performance.

Google has even launched its own AR Experiments showcase to highlight example uses of ARCore. This is similar to the third-party run Made With ARKit website, which serves the same purpose for iOS.

As for the SDK name, I think Google could’ve chosen something less Apple-like as the branding is highly similar.

Either way, Augmented Reality is going to be huge. Pedestrian implementations are already loved by the masses (see: Pokémon Go, Snapchat filters). We’re all going to be blown away by what AR will do for us, and it won’t take that much longer to reap tangible rewards.