Augmented Reality always had a upper hand over Virtual Reality . The ability to be present across millions of devices without buying any seperate device.
Apple realised the potential of AR first and it revealed the ARkit on iOS 11 during WWDC 2017.
Google realised it and came up with its very own AR platform called ARcore for Android
This isn’t Google’s first attempt at AR , earlier it had introduced Project Tango which requires specialized hardware like cameras and sensors while ARcore doesn’t.
According to Google, ARcore has 3 features:
1: Motion Tracking:Determining position and orientation of device as it moves.
2: Environmental Understanding: Using camera to detect flat surfaces.
3:Light Estimation: Which allows the virtual objects to cast accurate shadows and fit in with the surroundings.
As Google said it is targeting 100 million Android devices starting today with Google’s flagship Pixel and Samsung S8 , running Nougat 7.0 and above.
Also it has released prototype browser allowing web developers to create AR enhanced websites.
Let us know what you think about AR. Peace!