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How to get Google ARCore on any Android device

To increase the augmented reality (AR) jackpot, Google recently announced ARCore. developed by the same fundamental technologies of Tango and a direct version of Apple's ARKit. Although it promises some progress in the field of AR by allowing you to view AR props simply by using your smartphone, currently compatible only with Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8. Fortunately, thanks to the help of Thomas Suarez ("tomthecarrot"), a developer of the Android community, it is now possible to run ARCore even on unsupported devices. If you are wondering how to do it, here's how you can get ARCore on any Android device:

Note: I have successfully tried this method on my OnePlus 5 with Android 7.1.1. as well as my Samsung Galaxy S8 + with Android 7.0.

Get ARCore on any Android device

This method requires the installation of an ARCore service APK that has been modified to work with incompatible devices. Now, to use it, do the following :

  • Download and install the APK of the modified ARCore service on your device.
  • Next, download and install the Hello AR APK – an ARCore-based app – on the same device.

How to use ARCore?

Once both APKs mentioned above are installed, the next (and obvious) step launch the Hello AR app . When you open it, you will find that it is a cluttered app that only has the camera interface. If so point to a flat surface, I will recognize it and then you can touch the screen to add AR props (currently Bugdroids). You will also notice that once a prop is added, they will always appear in the same position. And regardless of whether you move the camera or not, they will stay there until you open the app again.

I also tried this method on my Moto G3 and Nexus 5X, but unfortunately the app got stuck on them every time. Since only a preview version of ARCore, I would like to give it the benefit of the doubt. Regardless, if you happen to own a flagship device from this year or last year, the method should work successfully for you.

Try ARCore on any Android device?

Google is betting on ARCore to conquer the augmented reality market share. With the SDK available to developers, various ARCore-based apps are expected to reach many more devices by the end of this year. For the moment, you can get ARCore on your device through the method described above and give it a shot. So, have you tried ARCore on your Android device? Let me know in the comments section below.