OnePlus 6 can unofficially run Google ARCore apps

The OnePlus 6 can be made to run Google ARCore apps. (Source: Dylan Raga / XDA Developers)
The OnePlus 6 can be made to run Google ARCore apps. (Source: Dylan Raga / XDA Developers)
The OnePlus 6 was conspicuous by its absence on the list of supported devices for Google ARCore but it turns out that the ARCore app can be sideloaded on the phone and it works just fine. It is not known when the OnePlus 6 will be eventually added to the Play Developer Console but it should only be a matter of time.

The OnePlus 6 can now run Google ARCore apps — unofficially, that is. All that needs to be done is to sideload the ARCore APK (v1.3) manually, which the enables you to install the many ARCore apps in the Play Store such as IKEA Place and Just A Line. XDA Developers reports that although ARCore is yet to be officially supported on the OnePlus 6, the sideloaded app works without any glitches.

Google first announced the availability of the ARCore SDK in preview about a year ago as a successor to the hardware-dependent Project Tango. At MWC 2018, the ARCore SDK went live and the first AR apps started populating the Play Store in less than a month. Google announced a limited number of devices would be ARCore compatible and interestingly, the OnePlus 5 is in that list alongside the likes of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Huawei P20 Pro, and whole lot more devices. Therefore, it is a bit surprising to see the latest OnePlus flagship being left out of the AR action. There are many more devices that are ARCore capable but require whitelisting in the Play Developer Console for official support. 

Given the capabilities of the hardware, it is a no-brainer that the OnePlus 6 would be eventually getting official ARCore support. It is only a question of when. Recently, Google brought ARCore support to the Chinese Mi Mix 2S via Xiaomi's App Store implying that the search giant is keen on increasing AR adoption in smartphones.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-06-21 (Update: 2018-06-21)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.