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Niantic acquires ‘Blade Runner: Revelations’ and ‘Marvel Strikeforce’ developer Seismic Games

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

"Pokémon Go" developer Niantic Labs has sure been keeping itself busy. The company has announced that it's acquired Seismic Games, developer of "Blade Runner: Revelations" and "Marvel Strikeforce." The studio employs veterans of some big names in gaming like EA and Activision.

Niantic trades on augmented reality offerings. Seismic isn't known for AR games, although its "Blade Runner: Revelations" is a Daydream VR title. In a blog post, Niantic wrote that it sees "the addition of Seismic Games as a significant accelerant for realizing [its] vision of an operating system that bridges the digital and the physical worlds." The use of the term "operating system" is curious, but it seems to be in reference to the studio's Real World Platform.

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Niantic acquires 'Blade Runner: Revelations' and 'Marvel Strikeforce' developer Seismic Games was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

‘Pokémon Go’ developer Niantic shows off AR tech that lets Pikachu hide behind real-world objects

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

An annoying but understandable quirk about the current state of most augmented reality applications is that virtual items imposed on an AR view don't relate to the world in a believable way: they just sit on top of a scene, regardless of whether or not real-world objects should appear in front of them. "Pokémon Go" developer Niantic showed off its impressive solution to this problem today in what it's calling Codename: Niantic Occlusion — using of course, Pokémon.

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'Pokémon Go' developer Niantic shows off AR tech that lets Pikachu hide behind real-world objects was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s formerly Tango-only Measure comes to ARCore devices [APK Download]

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Google Measure, an app that — get this — lets you measure things, debuted in 2016 as a Tango exclusive. But with advances in augmented reality tech in more mainstream handsets, a lot of things only Tango could do are trickling down to devices regular people use. That includes Measure, which is now compatible with ARCore devices.

If you're familiar with AR, the experience is pretty simple: place two markers in real-world locations and get the distance between the two.

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Google's formerly Tango-only Measure comes to ARCore devices [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

NBA releases AR app on Android along with new 360 Portals feature

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Later today, the Golden State Warriors will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the NBA Finals in Oakland. It's the fourth straight year the two teams have contested the championship, and anyone who watches basketball will be eager to see if LeBron James can pull off probably his greatest achievement yet and lead his team to victory against the odds. It's also the perfect time to release a new app related to the sport, and that's exactly what the NBA has just done.

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NBA releases AR app on Android along with new 360 Portals feature was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Just a Line gets promised collaborative update, goes cross-platform [APK Download]

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Google released augmented reality doodling app Just a Line back in March. The neat (if frivolous) app lets you draw shapes in the air that realistically float in place as you move around them, looking through your phone's display. Now, two users are able to share one doodling space across separate devices — even if one is an Android phone and the other is an iPhone.

The update was teased at Google I/O this year and made possible on Android by ARCore v1.2, along with what Google calls Cloud Anchors.

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Just a Line gets promised collaborative update, goes cross-platform [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon XR1 chip for VR and AR headsets

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Consumer virtual reality started picking up steam a few years ago, but both desktop and mobile VR required a separate device to power the experience—either a PC or a smartphone. We're starting to see the first standalone VR headsets now with the Oculus Go and Lenovo Mirage. These headsets have Qualcomm chips, but they're the same ones used in phones. Qualcomm has just announced a new design purpose-built for VR and AR applications.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon XR1 chip for VR and AR headsets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon XR1 chip for VR and AR headsets

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Consumer virtual reality started picking up steam a few years ago, but both desktop and mobile VR required a separate device to power the experience—either a PC or a smartphone. We're starting to see the first standalone VR headsets now with the Oculus Go and Lenovo Mirage. These headsets have Qualcomm chips, but they're the same ones used in phones. Qualcomm has just announced a new design purpose-built for VR and AR applications.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon XR1 chip for VR and AR headsets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google and LG share details on 1,443ppi OLED display designed for next-gen VR headsets

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

The virtual reality game is getting interesting, but the displays on the current generation of headsets are still getting in the way of truly immersive experiences. To solve this, Google and LG Display teamed up to produce an ultra high-resolution OLED panel intended for the next generation of VR headsets. This display was first discussed back in March, but it's now been officially unveiled at the Display Week 2018 expo.

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Google and LG share details on 1,443ppi OLED display designed for next-gen VR headsets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook is bringing AR, language translation, and a simpler design to Messenger

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Facebook kicked off its F8 2018 conference in San Jose on Tuesday by announcing a dating service and privacy improvements, but numerous changes are coming to Messenger, too. Messenger will get support for integrated augmented reality experiences as well as Marketplace language translation, and Facebook says users can also look forward to a simpler design that does away with the clutter.

Facebook opened up Messenger to businesses in 2016, and it has seen tremendous growth since then.

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Facebook is bringing AR, language translation, and a simpler design to Messenger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Snapchat introduces ‘Snappables’ AR selfie games

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Snapchat will soon be gaining a set of augmented reality games called Snappables, Snap announced today. Snappables, which should roll out to Snapchatters later this week, are a new form of interactive Lenses through which users can play together (or by themselves) using AR. Some games can be controlled via more traditional methods like touch, but others can be played using motion and even facial expressions.

Games can be started directly from Snapchat's Lens Carousel and will be located to the left of the capture button, unlike existing filters, which are currently to the right.

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Snapchat introduces 'Snappables' AR selfie games was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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