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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.

The Walking Dead: Our World shambles its way onto the Play Store

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Ever since Pokémon GO hit the scene, augmented reality games saw a drastic rise in popularity. Sure, it may have taken a year or two for eager developers to catch up to Niantic's work, but now that Draconius GOJurassic World Alive, and today's release of The Walking Dead: Our World are available, players have a more than a few options to choose from in their quest to find the best massively-multiplayer online AR game available on the Google Play Store.

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The Walking Dead: Our World shambles its way onto the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Walking Dead: Our World shambles its way onto the Play Store

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Ever since Pokémon GO hit the scene, augmented reality games saw a drastic rise in popularity. Sure, it may have taken a year or two for eager developers to catch up to Niantic's work, but now that Draconius GOJurassic World Alive, and today's release of The Walking Dead: Our World are available, players have a more than a few options to choose from in their quest to find the best massively-multiplayer online AR game available on the Google Play Store.

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The Walking Dead: Our World shambles its way onto the Play Store 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.

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.

Life, uh, finds a way… out of beta: Jurassic World Alive app gets official release

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Two months ago I wrote a piece about Jurassic World Alive that talked about how the game was scheduled for an official release sometime in the Spring. Well, it would appear that the developers have stayed true to their word as Jurassic World Alive is officially available on the Play Store as of today. If you weren't already aware, this is an augmented reality game all about collecting dinosaurs. Think Pokémon GO, but instead of collecting hundreds of adorable make-believe creatures, you will be venturing out into the world to obtain the most fearsome dinosaurs known to man and maybe even make a few new species of your own.

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Life, uh, finds a way... out of beta: Jurassic World Alive app gets official release 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 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.

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