Google’s ARcore for Android

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.

Along with ARcore , Google has introduced Blocks and Tiltbrush to easily create 3D content for AR apps.

Also it has released prototype browser allowing web developers to create AR enhanced websites.

Let us know what you think about AR. Peace!

Chrome 26 for Android available for download

Google Chrome for Android

chorme 26 for Android

Chrome for Android is steadily moving ahead of others. After providing an update for desktop version last week, an update for Android version has also hit the store.

With each update, the difference between its desktop version and mobile version is reducing. Chrome 26 comes with auto-fill sync and password sync features. Which means now you can synchronize passwords and form auto-fills with your desktop and other mobiles running Chrome. You can use the setting windows to enable these features.

(If you are on an ARM V6 device then this won’t work, you can try Mozilla Firefox for ARM V6)

And obviously this update comes with some bug fixes and stability improvements as well. Here is what they have listed on Play store.

Google Chrome 26 for Android

Updates in this version of Chrome for Android include:
• Password and autofill sync: Access saved desktop passwords and autofill entries from your Android device
• Fix for blank page loads in some scenarios
• Several stability improvements

 

You can update it directly on your phone or follow this link if you are a first time user.

[How to] Export Google reader feeds to OPML / XML file

Google ReaderYes it is true that Google reader will be shut down on 1st July 2013. For those who do not know what Google Reader is, it is a free web-based RSS aggregator used mostly by tech-geeks and news junkies. And now the only option left for its users is to download their subscriptions and move to some other easy to use RSS aggregators. Here they have a good list of potential alternatives for Google Reader if you might want to see.

Exporting from Google Reader :

To download your Google reader feeds list in form of a OPML / XML file just follow the steps given below.

  • Login to your Google account.
  • After logging in click here.
  • There just below your account id, there will be one wheel icon, click on that icon and select “Reader Settings”.
  • Export google reader subscriptions
  • In the “Reader Settings” page under the Import/Export tab, there will be a link to download your subscriptions via Google Takeout. Export Google reader subscriptions 2
  • There onwards follow the onscreen instructions to download the file.
  • After extracting the downloaded file you will find a Subscriptions.xml file inside the “Reader” folder. You can easily add all your feed subscriptions to any other RSS aggregator using this XML file.

If you need any help in exporting/importing your feeds then you know how to contact me ;). Keep reading 🙂

 

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