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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.
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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
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1262 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03-21 (Update: 2018-03-21)