Google's Killer AR App Lens Gets Broader Roll Out

Google announces Android Enterprise Recommended program

Alongside some ARCore announcements, Google revealed that Lens would be rolling out to more Android devices and make an appearance on iOS. Most importantly, Snapchat has been updated to leverage ARCore's flexible capabilities for integrating much more efficiently with phones.

According to Variety, the much awaited augmented reality technology (AR) for Android can be unveiled by Google in the coming week, on the occasion of the Mobile World Congress, taking place in Barcelona. What will be added is a developer feature to toggle night mode for app testing. To get the feature, head over to the Play Store and update the Google Photos (Android/iOS) app.

The technology in ARCore now works on 100 million Android smartphones, all of which are newer flagship devices from Samsung, LG, and Google itself. When everything is said and done, Google claims this rollout will cover 95 per cent of capable Android phones worldwide. This allows developers to test their apps in a virtual environment directly from a desktop computer.

With Google Lens your phone understands what you're looking at - be that the contents of a photo or the live viewfinder feed if you use it through Assistant.

There are already a handful of applications using ARCore, including a portal to FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium created by Snapchat, Sotheby's International Realty interior visualization tool, and an app that puts Porsche's Mission E concept auto in users' driveways.

While Android Go is designed for people who need them as the "first and only way people get access to the internet", there could also be interest in more developed nations. The thread, in which a user asked about a dark mode to improve battery life on Android phones with OLED screens, had been marked "fixed", with a Google employee saying the Android engineering team had added this feature and that it would "be available in a future Android release".

Google has announced that Google Lens will be available for all Android smartphones using the latest version of Google Photos app in the coming weeks. Some of the companies include the likes of Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, ASUS, Xiaomi, HMD/Nokia, ZTE, Sony Mobile, and Vivo.

Even though it wasn't a real dog, Google Lens still identified the breed correctly.

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