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Google makes a slew of new devices compatible with Play Services AR

The Samsung Galaxy A71 can now use Google Play AR apps. (Source: Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy A71 can now use Google Play AR apps. (Source: Samsung)
Google Play Services for AR is the new name for ARCore, the SDK necessary to develop augmented-reality (AR) features within Android apps. The Mountain View giant has announced that a long list of new phones (and some tablets) are now compatible with it. This will enable many to use AR apps and games for the first time.

Google Play Services for AR is required to use this form of extended reality (XR) on Android phones and tablets. Its SDK is technically universal to all devices; however, OEMs still need to work with the Mountain View company to get it calibrated to the cameras and sensors specific to each individual device. This is why not all of them can use this feature, formerly known as ARCore, by default. 

However, the software colossus has addressed this by pushing Play Services for AR to a long list of new phones or tablets from a variety of manufacturers. They include the freshly-launched LG V60 ThinQ, as well as its new G Pad 5 10.1 FHD slate. The new eligibility also extends to the new Motorola Moto G8 series, as well as the Moto G Stylus, One Hyper and One Macro

The new foldable Samsung Galaxy Z Flip can also now use Play Services for AR, along with the popular Galaxy A71 and A70s midrangers, not to mention the Lite variants of the Galaxy Note 10 and S10. They are joined by the OPPO K3 and Reno2 F, along with the Sony Xperia 1 Professional Edition and 2019 Vivo Nex 3 and 3 5G. There are also devices from the slightly lesser-spotted Sharp AQUOS series, along with many others, on the list of new Play Services for AR-capable Androids.

All of them now join pre-existing counterparts such the Pixel series and the OnePlus 3T to 7T Pro in this new power to use AR. Therefore, a vast number of users may be able to use features such as advanced navigation options in Google Maps, as well as the AR+ aspect of Pokemon GO, for the first time. Just the thing to pass the time during self-isolation in this current coronavirus-dominated atmosphere.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-03-25 (Update: 2020-03-25)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.