Google set to show the potential of RCS at MWC 2018

Bill Rogers
February 24, 2018

After playing around in the experimental phase, Google is bringing its ARCore augmented reality platform to its 1.0 release with availability on over 100 million Android devices. Citing Google data, the report suggests 100 million Android phones now support the platform.

"ARCore 1.0 features improved environmental understanding that enables users to place virtual assets on textured surfaces like posters, furniture, toy boxes, books, cans and more", the company said in a February 23 post.

Google said ARCore 1.0 includes functionality improvements and better support in order to make developing Android AR apps faster and easier.

Keen Android users who've been following a somewhat obscure Google Issue Tracker thread from November of previous year celebrated an exciting new development today. Google has not announced anything about its future Android P release, but Redditors have already noticed that a dark mode entry in Google's public issue tracking system was just marked as "fixed". This allows developers to test their apps in a virtual environment directly from a desktop computer. Moreover, the app has a new experience that lets you digitally place yourself in the football club, Barcelona FC's Camp Nou stadium.

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Another, separate feature request submitted to the Issue Tracker last month asked that Google add a weather widget to Android's always-on display feature.

While Android Go is designed for people who need them as the "first and only way people get access to the internet", there could also be interest in more developed nations. Google Lens has tremendous potential to change the way we interact with our smartphones and we hope that it gets polished. The company says that within the next few weeks, Lens will be available to all English-language users of the latest Google Photos on Android and iOS.

Google says its engineers have been hard at work adding features to Lens, including text selection capabilities and the ability to create contacts from a photo with one tap. It uses image recognition algorithms to identify things like the breed of a dog or different kinds of plants.

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