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Google Maps teases impressive augmented reality navigation interface … again

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Having information is one thing, but coming up with a really intuitive way to deliver that info is another challenge entirely. Google Maps already knows its way around our world better than many of its inhabitants, and while it can easily churn out a set of directions from here to there, plotting a route on an overhead map can feel six kinds of old-fashioned. Today at I/O Google gave us one heck of a compelling look at the future of phone-based pedestrian navigation, showing off the augmented reality-powered Visual Positioning System.

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Google Maps teases impressive augmented reality navigation interface ... again 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.

10 very cool augmented reality apps (that aren’t design or shopping tools)

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Augmented reality is having a moment on Android. Thanks to ARCore, which now works on more than a dozen device models—Google says that's more than 100 million individual devices—we've seen a ton of new applications that insert virtual objects into our real surroundings. A lot of them are shopping and interior design apps, which makes sense—AR's ability to make items appear in your home is a great way to see what a couch looks like in your living room without actually lugging it in there.

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10 very cool augmented reality apps (that aren't design or shopping tools) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

30 new and notable augmented reality games from the last two weeks (3/7/18 – 3/23/18)

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

WIt4m3OWith Google's recent push for augmented reality content on Android through the use of ARCore, I thought it would be fun to collect all of the new AR games that released in the last couple of weeks into one of our gaming roundups. So without further ado, here are the most recent and notable AR games to hit the Play Store.

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30 new and notable augmented reality games from the last two weeks (3/7/18 - 3/23/18) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Over 85 Android apps and games have added augmented reality elements thanks to ARCore

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

After releasing the ARCore SDK last year and testing it on the Pixel 2 phones, Google made the announcement official at MWC this year and expanded support for the first-gen Pixels, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge/S8/S8+, LG V30/V30+, ASUS Zenfone AR, and OnePlus 5, with more devices to be added in the future. Following that, we knew that the apps would start coming in but the past few days have seen several trickle down: Google's Just A Line experiment, eBay's shipping box size chooser, and IKEA's furniture visualizer, were just a few.

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Over 85 Android apps and games have added augmented reality elements thanks to ARCore was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Doodle in the air with Google’s new AR experiment, Just a Line [APK Download]

Monday, March 19th, 2018

 

Google's turned another one of its Experiments into a standalone app: augmented reality doodling tool Just a Line hit the Play Store today. Based on Jonas Jongejan's ARCore Drawing experiment, the app lets you make augmented reality drawings in 3D space around you, and frankly, it's pretty stinkin' neat.

  

There's really not a whole lot to the app: drawing with your finger on your phone's screen, you're able to scrawl white lines in the air that realistically stay in place as you move around them—it's sort of like the Pixel's AR stickers with just a dash of Tilt Brush.

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Doodle in the air with Google's new AR experiment, Just a Line [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

eBay app adds augmented reality to choose the right shipping box

Monday, March 19th, 2018

More app developers are getting into augmented reality on Android now that Tango is a thing of the past. Google's official AR platform of the future is ARCore, which will work on most devices. Even eBay is getting into AR with its latest Android app update. Sellers can now use AR to choose the right box size.

The latest version rolled out earlier this month, but eBay didn't do much to make the new AR features known.

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eBay app adds augmented reality to choose the right shipping box was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Hands-on] IKEA Place uses AR to see if your Ektorp goes with that Lövbacken

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Today IKEA has announced that its IKEA Place augmented reality app, previously exclusive to iOS, is now available for Android. With it, prospective furniture customers can see if a given IKEA product will be a good fit—in every sense. From relative sizes to aesthetic comparisons, you can choose just the right side table, lamp, or shelf to fit your particular niche, and even search for your existing IKEA furniture in the app.

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[Hands-on] IKEA Place uses AR to see if your Ektorp goes with that Lövbacken was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Bonus Round] Lost in the Dungeon, Battle Planet AR, Animus, YuME: Alice’s Dream, Idle Skies, Stardust Battle, and Master of Eternity

Friday, March 16th, 2018

bonusroundWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a card-based dungeon crawler, an AR twin-stick shooter, a Souls-like ARPG, an AR-centric puzzle game, an idle tapper, a kid-friendly MOBA, and an anime-themed strategy RPG.

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[Bonus Round] Lost in the Dungeon, Battle Planet AR, Animus, YuME: Alice's Dream, Idle Skies, Stardust Battle, and Master of Eternity was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

5 notable game listings on the Play Store that you can pre-register for today

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

With so many games that land on the Play Store as pre-registration listings, sometimes it can be challenging to keep track of the better titles. I usually ignore the majority of them since most aren't really worth mentioning, but when you consider that GDC is only 4 days away, there are a few titles that have been making the rounds that are actually worth talking about, which is what this post is all about.

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5 notable game listings on the Play Store that you can pre-register for today was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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