ARCore is Google Play Services for Augmented Reality and has seen huge success in the PlayStore, hitting one billion installs in December 2020. The company shared around 850 million devices with an active ARCore certification. So, it is no wonder why the company is looking to further improve the experience that provides us with filters of AR animals, Duo, and TikTok filters. Following the I/O keynote, Google is launching ARCore 1.24 that introduces the Playback & Recording API and Raw Depth API.
Depth API vs. Ray Depth Interface
Depth API, introduced last year, enables devices to generate depth maps in real-time without sensors. However, the Ray Depth interface offers more detailed representations of the surroundings. Though the previous API smoothened its outcomes to fill in gaps, the new interface shares how each pixel’s depth value offers better spatial awareness and measurements.
Apps like the puzzle app AR Doodads or the virtual property staging app ARConnect improved their products using the latest tech. One of the most prominent apps, TikTok, takes advantage of a new depth tool. Google describes that the newest effect of social media networks enables users to upload any image and wrap it onto real-world objects. It causes the images to conform to surfaces with high confidence in the underlying depth estimate. The new API also enables a TeamViewer’s brand new app developed giving instructions in video calls using AR-based virtual annotation tools. In fact, it is great if you want to assist someone fix a non-software related problem.
Yes, there is another game changer too. The new Playback and new Recording API also enables you to record videos with dept data linked to them. So, you can easily add AR effects and objects when you are not in the place where video was recorded. Google worked with a few developers to create a few apps for that. JumpAR, a South Korean app allows you to add objects and download videos to them. Whereas VoxPlop! Presented a collaborative app to the equation, enabling users to work on AR videos with different groups of people.
Moreover, the API also allows developers to record a video for apps of a particular location with all the depth information. That means they don’t have to leave their desks to test scenarios rather than depend on the recordings they have for the development cycle. In a nutshell, ARCore’s future seems quite bright, though you may not even notice that you are using it. This is because AR feels so normal these days. AR tech is a part of several features in social networks and Google uses it to help you navigate the World in Maps easily. ARCore 1.24 has been rolling out since April, so you can already get it on your phone. If you haven’t, cover it over APK Mirror.
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