It is easy to imagine Google Lens in an AR headset becoming a must-have feature akin to Google Maps.
As Google notes in its announcement, you can expect more Android Enterprise Recommended devices to be added in the coming weeks and months.
Google announced a new programme to certify Android devices with higher specifications meeting the needs of businesses.
Whatever your eyes – and by extension, your camera – could see, Google could help you make sense of it. “Motion tracking means that you can move around and view these objects from any angle, and even if you turn around and leave the room, when you come back, the kitten or annotation will be right where you left it”. For context, Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the last quarter alone.
Not much is confirmed about the upcoming Android (Go edition) phones, except that the Micromax one is called Bharat Go. By now everyone with a capable device has probably fiddled around with at least one game or app that uses ARKit in some way.
Google Lens isn’t an app. It allowed developers to tinker and create their own AR experiences, but weren’t allowed to send their apps to the Google Play Store.
Google will launch its augmented reality system ARCore with new features, and plans to make its Lens visual search tool part of Google Photos on all phones, according to The Verge. Google is now partnering with Android manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, Sony and Xiaomi, to ensure that their devices coming out this year will support ARCore. The update will be available for English-language users in the Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
Google also announced that more people will soon have access to Google Lens, the company’s intelligent camera software. Google’s biggest rivals have made big pushes in AR, too. This modified iteration of the OS offers a stable, easy to use, and handsome software experience for the low-end devices.
With Lens, it is interesting to watch Google develop what is essentially a killer AR app several years after the introduction of its Google Glass headset.