You can say that there is a lot to process from this year’s I/O developer conference, ranging from stuff that only developers can appreciate to new features that quite possibly will blow Android mobile users’ minds when they experience them in their smartphones and tablet devices. Without further ado, let us navigate through the coolest developments.
The biggest social media platform in the world made the most of its F8 developer conference (held in the city of San Jose in California’s Silicon Valley) by introducing a fresh iteration of its AR Studio, which is basically a type of software that allows users to overlay digital graphics elements on top of essentially anything that is viewed through a smartphone’s camera.
Together with the unveiling of the new version of AR Studio, Facebook also revealed a collaboration with Sketchfab, a platform that produces ready to use 3D, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) animation. The idea is that people can just browse through Sketchfab’s vast catalog of animations and choose the ones they want to use.
Apple has officially started rolling out iOS 11.3, the latest update to its iOS mobile operating system. It goes without saying that this newest iteration of the tech giant’s OS for its iPhone and iPad devices deliver loads of fixes for various bugs and glitches, but it also happens to offer a few new features.
A little more than a couple of months ago, Apple had shared a preview of iOS 11.3, so there is some bit of excitement for the upgraded ARKit 1.5, which can now detect a wider range of objects and surfaces. iOS mobile users who are fans of augmented reality should start to experience these enhancements soon enough.
At this year’s ongoing Game Developers Conference (currently being held in the city of San Francisco in California), Google took the opportunity to reveal that over 60 mobile apps compatible with its ARCore augmented reality platform are launching this week at the Google Play store.
About a couple of weeks ago, Google had announced that it was looking to roll out Google Lens to other non-Pixel handsets, especially those Android powered smartphone devices released by mobile brands such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Huawei, Sony, and HMD Global (the Finland based phone maker who has licensed the Nokia name). Well, the deployment has officially begun.
Google Lens was first introduced back in May of last year, during Google’s annual I/O developer conference. For those who missed the news, Google Lens is basically an augmented reality powered software platform that not only can detect and decipher texts, but also even recognize objects (in real time) either from scanning pictures or by viewing the actual objects through a camera sensor.
The new generation Pixel devices are widely expected to be officially introduced by Google this coming Wednesday, October 4th, and mobile tech enthusiasts are no doubt excited to see how the follow ups will improve upon last year’s models. Plenty has already been discussed with regards to leaked images that surfaced in the interwebs nearly a couple of weeks ago, and we will all find out in two days if those leaks were indeed true. Still, it is worth going through the persistent rumors.
You probably have heard already about Apple’s very recent official unveiling of iOS 11, the newest version of the company’s iOS mobile operating system. As far as anyone knows, the latest version will likely be rolled out in September later this year. But as early as know, it pays to know which iPhone devices and iPad models will getting updated to iOS 11.
Basically, all Apple devices launched before 2013 will probably not get iOS 11. But just to be sure, Apple has published an official list of compatible devices (scroll down below)
Qualcomm may have accidentally revealed the ZenFone AR device, Asus’ latest smartphone offering and the second handset to come with support for Tango, Google’s augmented reality technology. Through a blog post, the chip maker giant inadvertently spilled the beans on an upcoming press conference to be held by Asus on January 4th of this year during the annual Consumer Electronics Show happening in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada this week.
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