ARCore is Google’s platform for augmented reality applications. Unlike its predecessor, Google Tango, it doesn’t need dedicated hardware to support AR. It uses the existing camera hardware and sensors on your device, making it compatible with a range of devices. Version 1.4 of the application is starting to roll out and it brings support for the first Chromebook (the Acer Chromebook Tab 10), the upcoming Google Pixel 3 and Huawei Mate 20 Lite, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, and much more.
An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by Google in a future build.
Here’s the list of devices that currently support Google’s augmented reality platform, as taken from the official page.
List of devices that support Google ARCore as of August 1st, 2018
* Samsung Galaxy devices with a model number that ends in 0 or 8 are not supported.
Since our last update (ARCore 1.3), the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 6, Nokia 7.1 Plus, LG V30+ JOJO, Motorola Moto G6, Motorola Moto Z3 Play, and Xiaomi Mi 8 have been added to the official list of supported devices. The Essential Phone and Nokia 8 will eventually support ARCore according to Essential and HMD Global respectively, but it doesn’t look like either device is included in the latest release. In any case, here’s the list of devices that are expected to support the AR platform according to our teardown of version 1.4 of the app.
List of devices that will soon support Google ARCore
The most interesting new addition to this list is the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first Chrome OS tablet. We spotted evidence that ARCore would be made available on Chrome OS devices back in March, but we weren’t sure what devices would support it. Perhaps the detachable HP Chromebook X2 and future tablet/detachable Chromebook devices will be next on the list.
Other notable additions to the list are the Google Pixel 3 (blueline) and Google Pixel 3 XL (crosshatch), of which the latter was recently leaked on our forums not once but twice. The upcoming Huawei Mate 20 Lite (SNE) is also listed, which showed up in our massive list of unreleased devices as well as our recent leak of the bigger Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (sirius) and suspected Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (beryllium) make an appearance as well. We would like to note that this release of ARCore is actually the first public appearance of Xiaomi’s “beryllium” device since we first leaked its existence earlier this month. Next, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is also listed as are a few devices for which we have little information on (apart from “phoenix_sprout” which notable leaker Roland Quandt believes to be an upcoming Nokia-branded smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710.)
We can’t say for certain when the listed devices will receive support for ARCore. Google hasn’t updated the official listing since last month. You can check for yourself whether it’s enabled by downloading ARCore from the Google Play Store below—if it installs and you can launch a supported app like the one linked below, then you know it works. Let us know below if your device is supported!
ARCore by Google (Free, Google Play) →
Just a Line - Draw Anywhere, with AR (Free, Google Play) →
Check out this video by Google to see ARCore in action if you’ve never used or seen it before.