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[Update: AR+ is live] Pokémon Go v0.123.1 to bring AR+, Gen IV critters, and more (APK Download)

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Pokémon Go is still alive and kicking. Earlier this year, players finally got the ability to trade monsters with friends, a hallmark of the core Pokémon series fans had been asking for since the game's launch.

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[Update: AR+ is live] Pokémon Go v0.123.1 to bring AR+, Gen IV critters, and more (APK Download) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s designer Pixel 3 cases in Japan will include their own AR experiences

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Google's first-party cases might be a bit on the chunky side, but they're nice enough to make up for the added thickness, and customers in Japan will be getting an extra benefit with their phone protection. Google's doing a whole collection of regionally exclusive (and super snazzy) cases for the country, and they come with their own AR experiences.

None of us here at AP speak Japanese, so we have to rely on the magic of Google translate, but based on the text included at the Japanese site, these cases may be limited editions designed by leading artists in Tokyo.

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Google's designer Pixel 3 cases in Japan will include their own AR experiences was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Pokémon Go v0.123.1 to bring AR+, Gen IV critters, and more [APK Download]

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Pokémon Go is still alive and kicking. Earlier this year, players finally got the ability to trade monsters with friends, a hallmark of the core Pokémon series fans had been asking for since the game's launch. Now, a new update is set to bring enhanced augmented reality (AR+) and creatures from the Sinnoh region featured in the series' fourth generation of games.

AR+ arrived on iPhones months ago, but it's only now making its way to Android.

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Pokémon Go v0.123.1 to bring AR+, Gen IV critters, and more [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AR Stickers v1.3 reduces app size to 8.6MB by making Star Wars and Stranger Things packs optional [APK Download]

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

AR Stickers launched with a handful of sticker packs, all of which were included in the main app's download. Over time, however, Google kept making each pack separate apps that you'd have to download to use, leaving 'Star Wars' and 'Stranger Things' as the only pre-installed ones. Now, Google has spun those two off as well, reducing the AR Stickers app size from 65MB to just 8.5MB.

There were initially five sticker packs: 'Star Wars,' 'Stranger Things,' 'Foodmoji,' 'Blocks,' and 'Text.' A separate 'Winter Sports' pack was added in a February update, in which 'Blocks' was removed and made its own pack.

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AR Stickers v1.3 reduces app size to 8.6MB by making Star Wars and Stranger Things packs optional [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AR Stickers v1.3 reduces app size by 86% by making Star Wars and Stranger Things packs optional [APK Download]

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

AR Stickers launched with a handful of sticker packs, all of which were included in the main app's download. Over time, however, Google kept making each pack separate apps that you'd have to download to use, leaving 'Star Wars' and 'Stranger Things' as the only pre-installed ones. Now, Google has spun those two off as well, reducing the AR Stickers app size from 65MB to just 8.5MB.

There were initially five sticker packs: 'Star Wars,' 'Stranger Things,' 'Foodmoji,' 'Blocks,' and 'Text.' A separate 'Winter Sports' pack was added in a February update, in which 'Blocks' was removed and made its own pack.

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AR Stickers v1.3 reduces app size by 86% by making Star Wars and Stranger Things packs optional [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AR Stickers v1.3 reduces app size by 86% by making Star Wars and Stranger Things packs optional [APK Download]

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

AR Stickers launched with a handful of sticker packs, all of which were included in the main app's download. Over time, however, Google kept making each pack separate apps that you'd have to download to use, leaving 'Star Wars' and 'Stranger Things' as the only pre-installed ones. Now, Google has spun those two off as well, reducing the AR Stickers app size from 65MB to just 8.5MB.

There were initially five sticker packs: 'Star Wars,' 'Stranger Things,' 'Foodmoji,' 'Blocks,' and 'Text.' A separate 'Winter Sports' pack was added in a February update, in which 'Blocks' was removed and made its own pack.

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AR Stickers v1.3 reduces app size by 86% by making Star Wars and Stranger Things packs optional [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ARCore v1.4 adds support for 10 more devices, gets several improvements

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

We published a teardown of ARCore v1.4 a few days ago in which we discovered a few new supported devices, but there wasn't a full list and we didn't know what else the update broguht. But now, Google's page of supported ARCore devices has been updated, and the Play Store listing has been updated with a changelog.

Here's the list of newly-supported devices:

  • Huawei Honor 10
  • Huawei Nova 3
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Moto X4
  • Moto Z3
  • Nokia 8
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
  • Vivo NEX A
  • Vivo NEX S
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

Our list actually had most of these devices save for the Moto Z3 (which was just announced today) and two Huawei devices.

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ARCore v1.4 adds support for 10 more devices, gets several improvements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Snapchat is getting new lenses that recognize and react to speech

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Technology always trickles down to less and less important uses over time. Case in point: speech recognition. It was, at one time, futuristic and incredible that computers could understand us, but now it's just kind of a given. In keeping with its trajectory of increasing mundanity, speech recognition has made its way to perhaps the most frivolous use case of all: Snapchat lenses. (They're actually pretty neat, though.)

The new lenses react to the things you say in a variety of ways.

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Snapchat is getting new lenses that recognize and react to speech was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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.

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