Google officially launches ARCore, brings Lens to more phones

Google announces Android Enterprise Recommended program

Along with bringing ARCore out of preview, Google also announced its associated technology that's still in preview, Google Lens, is getting some updates and being made available to more developers at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. Good has built all these AR developments around the Google ARCore framework, that is expected to let the third-party developers introduce AR apps for Android devices.

Keen Android users who've been following a somewhat obscure Google Issue Tracker thread from November of previous year celebrated an exciting new development today.

Once enabled, dark mode will indeed work best on devices with OLED screens, such as Samsung's Galaxy S and Note phones or Google's Pixels.

With today's announcement that Google's ARCore augmented reality SDK has emerged from preview in version 1.0, developers can now use it to create augmented reality apps for distribution through the Play Store.

Another, separate feature request submitted to the Issue Tracker last month asked that Google add a weather widget to Android's always-on display feature. Most importantly, Snapchat has been updated to leverage ARCore's flexible capabilities for integrating much more efficiently with phones.

Google released Android Oreo Go in December, touting a lightweight version of Android that leaves twice the amount of space on storage-constrained, low-end smartphones.

For the time being, though, Lens is sure to get lots of use from people using Google Photos and Google Assistant. Primarily, Google has set a target of introducing ARCore in 100 million phones, by March 2018 with the help of their key Android partners. The feature will be limited to English-language users; Android users will need the latest version of the app, while Apple users will also need iOS 9 and newer. Why did it take so long for Google to understand that this is one of the most requested Android features? Google Lens has tremendous potential to change the way we interact with our smartphones and we hope that it gets polished. Google says Lens will soon be able to recognize common animals and plants, including specific dog breeds and flowers.

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