What Are ARCore and ARKit Frameworks and How They Work on Our Smartphones?

Just like VR, augmented reality too has been a technology that has shown immense promise. In the earlier phase of Augmented Reality, we were required to have specialized hardware, but now you can experience Augmented Reality on your smartphones. In this article we will understand what is Augmented Reality, which are two major Augmented Reality frameworks and how they work on our smartphones. Apart from this where you can find the implications of AR in real life.

What is Augmented Reality:

In simple words, Augmented Reality refers placing an interactive virtual object in the real world using a hardware such as smartphone, digital camera or computer. You probably might’ve played or heard of Niantic’s Pokémon Go, which was the perfect example of Augmented Reality technology. You use your phone’s camera and screen to view virtual objects imposed in real-time environments.

Know More: 5 Best Augmented Reality Apps For iPhone

What are ARKit and ARCore:

So far you might have understood that what is Augmented Reality. So now we will talk about the basic difference between ARKit and ARCore. In simple words ARKit is iOS framework for Augmented Reality while for Android devices they call it ARCore. These frameworks help developers to develop better relationship between virtual objects and the real-world environment.

ARCore which is used in Google’s Operating system Android is described by Google like this:

Fundamentally, ARCore is doing two things: tracking the position of the mobile device as it moves, and building its own understanding of the real world.

On other hand, apple describes ARkit as follows:

ARKit combines device motion tracking, camera scene capture, advanced scene processing, and display conveniences to simplify the task of building an AR experience.

What all devices support ARCore or ARKit?

As we have already understood ARCore is for Android devices now here is the list of Android devices which supports Augmented Reality framework.

Name Model
Asus Zenfone AR ASUS_A002, JP_ASUS_A002, VZW_ASUS_A002A
Asus ZenFone Ares ASUS_A002_2
Google Pixel 2 All models
Google Pixel 2 XL All models
Google Pixel All models
Google Pixel XL All models
Huawei P20 EML-L29, EML-L09
Moto Z2 Force nash
OnePlus 5 ONEPLUS A5000
Samsung A5 SM-A520F, SM-A520X, SM-A520F, SM-A520W, SM-A520K, SM-A520L, SM-A520S
Samsung A7 SM-A720F, SM-A720F, SM-A720X, SM-A720S
Samsung A8 SM-A530W, SM-A530X, SM-A530F, SM-A530N
Samsung A8+ SM-A730F, SM-A730X
Samsung Note8 SM-N9508, SM-N950F, SM-N950N, SM-N950U, SM-N950W, SM-SC01K, SM-SCV37
Samsung S7 SM-G930A, SM-G930F, SM-G930K, SM-G930L, SM-G930P, SM-G930R
SM-G930S, SM-G930T, SM-G930U, SM-G930V, SM-G930W
Samsung S7 Edge SM-G935A, SM-G935F, SM-G935K, SM-G935L, SM-G935P, SM-G935R,
SM-G935S, SM-G935T, SM-G935U, SM-G935V, SM-G935W, SM-SCV33, SM-SC02H
Samsung S8 SM-G950U, SM-G950N, SM-G950F, SM-G950W, SM-SCV36, SM-SC02J
Samsung S8+ SM-G955F, SM-G955N, SM-G955U, SM-G955W, SM-SC03J, SM-SCV35

Source: https://developers.google.com/ar/discover/

If we talk about iOS Devices which supports ARKit framework then all the devices having A9 chip or higher supports Augmented Reality. If you are not sure about the Chip then here is the list of iOS devices Supports AR.

  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPad Pro 1st and 2nd Gen (all sizes)
  • iPad (2017)

Implementation or Uses of Augmented Reality:

With the help of applications supports augmented realty lots of things can be done few of them are listed here.

-With the help of some AR apps you can place virtual furniture or interiors to you house which helps you to decide which one you should pick.

-You can measure things in the real world with some of the AR Apps such as Scale for iOS.

Implementation or Uses of Augmented Reality

-Make your clicks funky with interactive AR objects such as your favorite superhero or celebrity.

-Some applications show you information about real word things such as stars or articles in the museum.

Some popular Augmented Reality apps.

For iOS:

In my previous article I have already described 5 best AR Apps

Ikea Palace: The application is for both Android and iOS devices it helps you to place virtual furniture in your Room.

Some popular Augmented Reality apps

Holo: Place holograms of super heroes or celebrities anywhere and click photos with them.

Measure: Measure can be used to measure real world objects. You can measure length and width of floor as well.

For Android Devices:

AR Stickers: If you have a Google Pixel or newer Device you can check for AR stickers in the default camera app.

Ikea Place: The application works same as it works for iOS device (To place virtual objects in the real world)

AR Mole: it is like a mole bopping game for smartphone. Very simple but you will have fun playing it.

So, this was how Augmented Reality frameworks work on your smartphone. Augmented Reality is really adding on new capabilities to our smartphones and now they are capable to do more than our expectations.


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