Ever since Google shut down Project Tango to make way for ARCore, the ordeal of bringing AR to consumers became that much easier. The Pixels and Galaxy s* devices had received the feature on launch, followed by a decent number of handsets that were added to this list at this year’s MWC. A bunch more smartphones are about to be supported by the platform in addition to the already impressive list.
New handsets spotted inside ARCore v1.3 apk
The latest version 1.3 of the ARCore application is now out for supported handsets. Android Police took apart the latest apk (Android’s application package) to uncover the list of new smartphone profiles inside an assets folder that include the exact configuration settings and calibration data for their respective built-in sensors. Not all smartphone were mentioned by their names and simply had model numbers stated. Therefore the list hasn’t been entirely figured out but we do get a clear idea of what most of these smartphones are. The list includes various Huawei smartphones including the P20 Pro, and Honor 10. Various Sony Xperia handsets have also been spotted alongside some Xiaomi handsets which are assumed to be of the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition. The Nokia 6, Nokia 7 and the OnePlus 5T have also made the cut. The complete list of models numbers included in the apk is mentioned below.
Experiencing ARCore on supported devices
According to the ARCore’s official listing, there are close to 40 handsets that are already supported if you include the Pro and XL variants. As of writing, however, this list has not yet been updated with any of the new smartphones uncovered in the apk. To check whether or not your smartphone has indeed received support, you will have to go and check on the Google Play Store whether or not you’re able to download the app. If this doesn’t work for you, it is possible to download the latest apk version 1.3 of ARCore from a verified online source to see if it works on your device
Once you are able to get the software working, the experience is quite enjoyable. The platform uses three main components to integrate virtual content in your surroundings. It uses “motion tracking” to allow the phone to understand and track its position relative to the world. “Environmental understanding” will help the phone detect the size and location of different types of surfaces including horizontal, vertical and angled. “Light estimation” also plays a role for a better understanding of the environment.
Another feature was recently implemented in ARCore called Cloud Anchors. This lets you use ARCore to create objects in virtual space which will be tracked by the app over time. This lets the created object stay in the same position it was created in even if you move around, and allows multiple users to collaborate on the experience. This means users could play interactive games and have other experiences together using different smartphones in the same virtual space.
List of new supported smartphones
All first generation Android One phones [sprout]
Huawei P20 Pro [HW-01K]
Huawei P10 special edition signed by Lionel Messi
Huawei ? [HWINE]
Honor 10 [HWCOL]
Sony Xperia XZs [G8231, G8232]
Sony Xperia XZ [F8331, F8332]
Sony Xperia XZ2 Pro [H8116, H8166]
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact [H8314, H8324]
Sony Xperia XZs TD-LTE 602SO (Sony Keyaki SS) [602SO]
Docomo Xperia XZ SO-01J
Docomo Xperia XZs SO-03J
Docomo Xperia Premium [SO-04K]
Docomo Xperia Compact [SO-05K]
Xperia XZ SOV 34 (Experia X Zut Esu Boy Sanyon)
Xperia XZs SOV 35 (Experia XSSS SOV 35)
Xperia ? [SOV48]
Nokia 6 [PL2]
Nokia 7 [B2N]
Xiaomi Mi 8 [Dipper]
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition[Ursa]