Google ARCore has changed the way we looked at augmented reality. The software development kit (SDK) is not limited to phones with top of the line chipsets and unlike Apple’s ARKit, this is available to a much wider audience – even to people with mid-range and affordable phones.
With ARCore you can create a hybrid world where the virtual world can co-exist with the real one and use your phone’s camera as a window to peep in. Google has thrown the platform open to various developers to make apps for AR gaming, shopping, and art.
Here’s a rundown of best ARCore apps that can enjoy now, but first, let’s talk a bit about phones that can actually access ARCore apps.
Google ARCore compatible phones
Most device with Android 7.0 or later will support ARCore, and it can be downloaded from Google Play Store. Moreover, iPhone users can also access it, provided their devices are running on iOS 11.0 or later.
Some of the popular phones with Google ARCore support include Pixel 2, 2XL; OnePlus 6, 5, 5T; Nokia 6.1, 7 Plus, 8 Sirocco; Moto G6, G6 Plus, Z2 Force; and Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8+, A8, and A8+.
For the complete list of compatible devices, visit Google’s developers page.
Best Google ARCore Apps for Android Phone in 2018
1. Measure App
The Measure app is Google’s proprietary app, borrowed from its first augmented reality project, Project Tango. The app is built on ARCore and can measure the real-life things by using the phone’s camera.
We tested the Measure App on our OnePlus 6, and more often than not it measured the objects accurately. It may sound absurd but think of times when you may want to know the height of a tree, a table, spare living room space, or a building in front of you – the Measure App can be quite helpful.
2. Just a Line – Draw Anywhere with AR
The Just a Line AR app is the creation of Google’s creative lab. The app is compatible with almost every ARCore phones and lets you have fun with augmented reality. Using the camera, you can draw or write anything on any surface. After doing so, you can walk around it to see it from different angles.
While the app is mostly static and doesn’t offer many options, you can, however, record your work and share with peers.
3. AR Stickers (Pixel devices)
The AR Stickers is currently exclusive to Pixel devices, and it is one of the best-augmented reality apps. Using the phone’s camera, you can drop the animated stickers on to the real world and have fun. Currently, the list of AR Stickers is concise but each is different in their way. We expect Google to expand it to other phones as well.
To use an AR Sticker, go to the phone’s camera app swipe from the left of your screen and choose AR Stickers from the menu, from there you can pull any sticker you want into your photo. You can record and even tap on them to share and interact, respectively.
4. MoleCatch AR
How could we miss ARCore games? The Molecatch AR is a decent augmented reality-based gaming app to start with. The phone’s camera helps you see Moles in the real world, and hit them as and when they appear.
The Molecatch AR may not be dynamic but keeps you entertained. There is only one mode in the app where you try to beat your personal best score. For best results, play on a flat surface.
5. Stack Tower AR
Stack Tower AR is another option you can consider for AR gaming. It uses ARCore to place the blocks on top of each other in your environment until they crashed out. Simple! Isn’t it? The Stack Tower AR is compatible on almost every supported phone, and you can use it to while off some time from your boring day.
6. Beer Pong AR
The Beer Pong AR is a simple game where you try to put a ball inside the cups, but all this virtually and using phone’s rear camera. It is made possible through ARCore to bring the playing area on the flat surface near your surrounding. The Beer Pong AR app is still in its initial stage so you may come across a few bugs and find it challenging.
Useful Google ARCore Games and Apps For Android Phones
There are endless ARCore apps in Play Store, but most of them were not compatible with my phone (OnePlus 6) like the home decor IKEA Place app. Hopefully, they will be in future, and we will try to keep you posted on that. Until then, enjoy these options and let us know how you feel about them in the comment section below.