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The first Android AR apps built with Google’s ARCore have hit the Play Store

AR-based apps are now starting to hit the Google Play Store. (Source: Google)
AR-based apps are now starting to hit the Google Play Store. (Source: Google)
After watching iOS users enjoying AR experiences on their iPhones for the past several months, Android users can now also get in on the AR action. The first apps using Google's ARCore technology have started to hit the Play Store.

Following the release of Google’s ARCore development kit during MWC last month, it has only taken developers a handful of weeks to start populating the Play Store with AR-enabled apps. The 100 million Android devices that support ARCore are now able to download several new AR experiences that range from the types of games that we have seen developed for iOS as well as furniture apps that let you place AR furniture around your house.

Google used its blog to highlight a few of the early standouts that you might want to try out. Bandai Nampo has released “My Tamagotchi Forever,” that lets users raise Tamagotchi characters at the same time as building a Tamatown that all interacts with real world environments like floors or table tops. Another game that looks interesting is “Walking Dead Our World,” that combines Google Maps APIs and ARCore to create a location based zombie apocalypse.

Non-gaming AR experiences include Pottery Barn’s AR-based app. It allows you to place furniture in a room to see whether it will fit or works with your existing furniture. If you like what you see, you can purchase it directly. The Android version of eBay’s app has been updated to with a new “Which Box” feature that allows sellers to see what size box will fit around an item that they plan to ship. You can check out all the AR apps that Google is spotlighting at the link to its blog below.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03-21 (Update: 2018-03-21)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture.