Google is taking a second swing at augmented reality with a new SDK called “ARCore.” The SDK is available for download today (Google should have a blog post here ) along with a set of ARCore demos . After experimenting with Project Tango, an AR initiative launched in 2014 that loaded a smartphone up with custom sensors, Google’s AR reboot brings most of that functionality to regular old Android phones through the magic of software. If you’re drawing mental comparisons to Apple’s ARKit, you’re on the right track. We’re not just working off the blog post here, as I was lucky enough to have this project explained to me by some of the Googlers in charge of it. Let’s start with the basics. Further Reading Google's product strategy: Make two of everything Google is again doing a bit of internal product competition with Tango and ARCore. Google is best thought of as a group of individual product divisions rather than a unified company, and it’s the teams behind these products that tell the biggest story about where these two projects are headed. Project Tango was cooked up by Google’s ATAP group, a small skunkworks group that doesn’t have a ton of resources. ARCore is a… Read full this story
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