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Google's ARCore updates make it easier for businesses to develop AR apps

10 May, 2018, 00:35 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Google wants to bring multiplayer AR to iOS and Android with its new Cloud Anchors tool

Multi-user effectivity is actually one of the limitations of early AR platforms, and Google's ARCore is not exempt from it. Matching your AR content and visual experiences in a shared virtual space was always going to be tough.

Google has announced a ton of new stuff this week at I/O 2018, but some of the most interesting announcements have come outside of the main keynote.

AR is one of the few areas where Google hasn't been a recent leader, with Apple's ARKit giving it a slight leg up. Sceneform includes programs to build AR programs from scratch, together with add AR capabilities to present types.

Cloud Anchors is available for developers to play with now.

Let's start with Sceneform, which Google said it built as a layer on top of complicated APIs.

ARCore additionally has something known as Sceneform which offers Java developers the capability to make 3D programs minus the should learn OpenGL.


With Cloud anchors, a single anchor can be placed, and both users can place objects relative to the same anchor, and interact with virtual objects from another user's app, since they are matched within the cloud.

Google has announced changes to its ARCore augmented reality development kit that add new features created to improve AR apps and make development easier. It comes with Vertical Plane Detection that lets you place AR objects on more surfaces like textured walls.

Developers on Apple's forums have managed to get shared AR anchors working, but as of right now that's not something Apple is officially supporting.

Another new feature is called Cloud anchors. At its annual I/O developer conference, the company introduced ARCore 1.2 which brings a handful of new, advanced tools for developers to enable AR features like multiplayer games, better positioning, and a way for applications to bring real-world objects to life.

Google's "Just a Line" app will pick up this functionality "in the coming weeks" on both Android and iOS.

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