RIP Tango: Google announces ARCore, its answer to Apple's ARKit

Just releasing ARCore on its own might not have been enough, so Google has enlisted the support of one of the biggest videogame engines in the world Unity. While ARKit is meant for iOS users the ARCore is for smartphones that run on Android. The technology appears to be neck-to-neck with ARKit in terms of possibilities, with both allowing for complex graphics to interact with the real world. So, what's the difference between Tango and ARCore? While this claim is frequently accurate in most cases, Apple does have a knack for bringing burgeoning technology to the masses, often by tweaking it to be more accessible and user-friendly. But Google hopes to reach 100 million devices with ARCore.

"In addition to identifying key points, ARCore can detect flat surfaces, like a table or the floor, and can also estimate the average lighting in the area around it".

Augmented reality hype is ramping up. But major companies are now embracing it, so everyone's talking about it. In other words, if you place a virtual object in the shade, it too will be dimmed by the shadow. The company promises it will have more to share about ARCore "later this year". There will likely be some limitations as far as hardware is concerned, but Google is confident that this platform will let developers create AR experiences for virtually any Android smartphone. In order to make their AR system famous, they would have to ask their phone makers to use certain parts because it may be impossible for them to account for a variety of Android phone cameras.

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Until now, it seemed as though Google didn't have an answer to Apple.

Interestingly, this AR tech doesn't require a multi-camera setup like Tango did. Google isn't ditching any of its fancy depth sensors or cameras it developed for the Tango platform.

So it looks like Tango is dead. Google's problem here lies with the need for manufacturers to modify each version of Android to work on hundreds of different models of phone or varying screen sizes and resolutions; in 10 years the iPhone has had just four different screen sizes. At that time, the developers were focusing on creating a phone with extra sensors to implement augmented reality. It all sounds very similar to existing Apple ARKit demos floating around the internet, which you can see here.

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Are there examples of ARCore?

The SDK works with the Java/OpenGL, Unity and Unreal software engines and, like Tango, uses information provided by the device's sensors to accurately position virtual objects on the screen, without requiring the use of Global Positioning System signals or other externally provided data.

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