Google announces ARCore SDK preview, enabling augmented reality on existing Android phones

Today Google has officially introduced its answer for Apple’s ARKit which was unveiled back in June. It’s called ARCore, and it’s a software development kit (SDK) that will enable augmented reality capabilities for existing and upcoming Android smartphones, without the need for any additional hardware.

So it looks like Tango is dead. Tango is Google’s previous AR-focused effort, which requires a host of dedicated hardware on handsets that support it. Thus, so far we’ve only seen the Lenovo Phab2 Pro and Asus Zenfone AR boasting Tango functionality.

It’s clearly hard for makers of mainstream Android phones to add all those additional sensors, which is where ARCore should come in handy. It’s available to developers in preview form today, and as of now works on Google’s Pixels and Samsung’s Galaxy S8.