Google I/O 2018: ARCore 1.2 Brings Sceneform Feature, Limited iOS Compatibility

Above Cloud Anchors are supported on both Android and iOS

This will enable collaboration between multiple ARCore device users, so that they can collectively draw or manipulate AR objects within a common space, displaying tracked object locations correctly from each person's perspective.

Google has announced changes to ARCore as part of its annual I/O developer conference.

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.

Cloud Anchors is available for developers to play with now.

ARCore also gets something known as Sceneform which gives Java developers the ability to build 3D apps without the need to learn OpenGL.

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Above: Cloud Anchors are supported on both Android and iOS devices.

As was demonstrated during the presentation with the two presenters engaging in a shared competitive AR videogame where the aim was to make your opponents board into your colour by shooting it was a virtual catapult. This means that shared and cooperative or competitive AR apps can be created using this system. There's also updates to scene understanding, including "vertical point detection", which identifies textures, walls and other features as targets to improve stability. Thanks to a new Cloud Anchor capability, you'll be able to tag certain objects in your surroundings and then share that tag with your friends.

Google I/O is in its second day, and much attention has been dedicated towards augmented reality (AR) and the development of apps for AR and how to best implement the new features that have been introduced into ARCore. As Clay Bavor, VP of AR and VR at the company explained to UploadVR, this allows multiple smartphone users to view the same AR content anchored to the same physical space. What's pretty surprising is that it won't just be Android phones matching up with Cloud Anchors - Google says they've built iOS support for the feature, as well.

This new ARCore update is rolling out today, so developers can start playing around with it right now.

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