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What is ARCore and which smartphones are compatible with this technology?

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Today we are going to talk about what is ARCore and which smartphones are compatible with this technology. Whether you are interested in a game with augmented reality like Pokémon Go or the new The Witcher, this tool will be really helpful.

What is ARCore?

Google defines ARCore as a platform for creating augmented reality experiences. The definition is somewhat cryptic, but it comes to be something like a system that Android mobile phones have to analyze the environment and be able to make the calculations to locate virtual objects in the real world.

ARCore was born in 2017 as Google’s augmented reality system and as a response to its Apple equivalent included in the iPhone, ARKit. The company is using special sensors to process the object in the environment.

The possibilities and precision of ARCore are increasing periodically, and not all ARCore-compatible smartphones are able to take advantage of all its capabilities, but its operation today is based on three fundamental pillars:

  • Motion tracking: By using the phone’s sensors and camera recognition.
  • Environmental understanding: The ability to detect the size and location of different surfaces and their angles.
  • Light estimation: The mobile phone can estimate the light in a particular location and use the information to integrate virtual objects in a more realistic way.

What is ARCore and which smartphones are compatible with this technology?
What is ARCore and which smartphones are compatible with this technology?

ARCore is an API created by Google and requires the mobile phone to have Google Play Services for AR installed which are available on Google Play. The advantage of being a universal API is that developers can use its functions without having to create their own implementation from scratch.

In short, ARCore is a way for apps and games on Android to create augmented reality elements. As we mentioned before, ARCore’s utility is to enable applications to create augmented reality experiences. ARCore does the hard work so games like Pokémon Go can “realistically” position the Pokémon, and they stay in the same virtual place, even if you move the mobile phone.

Which smartphones are compatible with ARCore?

Doing the calculations to understand the environment requires certain minimum requirements: a decent camera, a processor powerful enough, and sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscope.

Google shows a list of all ARCore-compatible smartphones, though it’s important to note that the list is not final. Some phones are released without official ARCore certification and will receive it later. Periodically, Google updates the list of compatible phones. This is the updated list of ARCore compatible smartphones:

AsusROG Phone
AsusROG Phone II
AsusROG Phone III
AsusZenfone 6
AsusZenfone 7/7 Pro
AsusZenfone AR
AsusZenfone ARES
Fujitsuarrows 5G F-51A
Fujitsuarrows NX9 F-52A
General MobileGM 9 Plus
GoogleNexus 5X
GoogleNexus 6P
GooglePixel XL
GooglePixel 2
GooglePixel 2 XL
GooglePixel 3
GooglePixel 3 XL
GooglePixel 3a
GooglePixel 3a XL
GooglePixel 4
GooglePixel 4 XL
GooglePixel 4a
GooglePixel 4a 5G
GooglePixel 5
HMD GlobalNokia 3.4
HMD GlobalNokia 5.4
HMD GlobalNokia 6 (2018)
HMD GlobalNokia 6.1 Plus
HMD GlobalNokia 6.2
HMD GlobalNokia 7 Plus
HMD GlobalNokia 7.1
HMD GlobalNokia 7.2
HMD GlobalNokia 8
HMD GlobalNokia 8 Sirocco
HMD GlobalNokia 8.1
HMD GlobalNokia 8.3 5G
HTCDesire 21 Pro 5G
HuaweiHonor 8X
HuaweiHonor 10
HuaweiHonor View 10 Lite
HuaweiHonor V20
HuaweiMate 20 Lite
HuaweiMate 20
HuaweiMate 20 Pro
HuaweiMate 20 X
HuaweiNova 3
HuaweiNova 3i
HuaweiNova 4
HuaweiP20 Pro
HuaweiP30 Pro
HuaweiPorsche Design Mate RS
HuaweiPorsche Design Mate 20 RS
HuaweiY9 2019
Infinix MobileNote 6
Infinix MobileNote 7
Infinix MobileZero 8
KyoceraDuraForce Ultra 5G UW
KyoceraTorque G04
LGG7 Fit
LGG7 One
LGG7 ThinQ
LGG8 ThinQ
LGG Pad 5 10.1 FHD
LGStylo 5
LGStylo 6
LGV30 +
LGLG Signature Edition 2017
LGV35 ThinQ
LGLG Signature Edition 2018
LGV40 ThinQ
LGV50 ThinQ
LGV50S ThinQ
LGLG Signature Edition 2019
LGV60 ThinQ 5G
Motorolamoto g⁵ˢ plus
Motorolamoto g⁶
Motorolamoto g⁶ plus
Motorolamoto g⁷
Motorolamoto g⁷ play
Motorolamoto g⁷ plus
Motorolamoto g⁷ power
Motorolamoto g⁷ play
Motorolamoto g⁸
Motorolamoto g⁸ play
Motorolamoto g⁸ plus
Motorolamoto g⁸ power
Motorolamoto g⁸ power lite
Motorolamoto g⁹ play
Motorolamoto g⁹ plus
Motorolamoto g⁹ power
Motorolamoto g 5G
Motorolamoto g power 2021
Motorolamoto g power
Motorolamoto g pro
Motorolamoto g stylus
Motorolamoto g stylus (2020)
Motorolamotorola edge
Motorolamotorola edge plus
Motorolamotorola one
Motorolamotorola one 5G
Motorolamotorola one action
Motorolamotorola one fusion
Motorolamotorola one fusion +
Motorolamotorola one hyper
Motorolamotorola one macro
Motorolamotorola one power
Motorolamotorola one vision
Motorolamotorola one zoom
Motorolamoto x⁴
Motorolamoto z² force
Motorolamoto z³
Motorolamoto z³ play
Motorolamoto z⁴
OneplusOnePlus 3T
OneplusOnePlus 5
OneplusOnePlus 5T
OneplusOnePlus 6
OneplusOnePlus 6T
OneplusOnePlus 7
OneplusOnePlus 7 Pro
OneplusOnePlus 7 Pro 5G
OneplusOnePlus 7T
OneplusOnePlus 7T Pro
OneplusOnePlus 8
OneplusOnePlus 8 Pro
OneplusOnePlus 8T
OneplusOnePlus Nord
OneplusOnePlus N10
OppoA72 5G
OppoA93 5G
OppoF11 Pro
OppoF17 Pro
OppoF19 Pro +
OppoFind X2
OppoFind X2 Pro
OppoFind X3 Pro
OppoR17 Pro
OppoReno2 F
OppoReno2 Z
OppoReno3 5G
OppoReno3 A
OppoReno3 Pro
OppoReno3 Pro 5G
OppoReno4 4G
OppoReno 4 SE 5G
OppoReno 5 5G
OppoReno 5 Pro 4G
OppoReno 5 Pro 5G
OppoReno 10x Zoom
OppoReno A
OppoReno Z
realme5 Pro
realme6 Pro
realme7 Pro
realmeNarzo 20 Pro
realmeX Lite
realmeX2 Pro
realmeX3 Super Zoom
realmeX7 5G
realmeX7 Pro 5G
realmeX50 Pro
realmeX50t 5G
realmeV5 5G
SamsungGalaxy A3 (2017)
SamsungGalaxy A5 (2017)
SamsungGalaxy A6 (2018)
SamsungGalaxy A7 (2017)
SamsungGalaxy A7 (2018)
SamsungGalaxy A8
SamsungGalaxy A8 + (2018)
SamsungGalaxy A20
SamsungGalaxy A20s
SamsungGalaxy A20e
SamsungGalaxy A30
SamsungGalaxy A30s
SamsungGalaxy A31
SamsungGalaxy A32 5G
SamsungGalaxy A40
SamsungGalaxy A41
SamsungGalaxy A42 5G
SamsungGalaxy A50
SamsungGalaxy A50s
SamsungGalaxy A51
SamsungGalaxy A51 5G
SamsungGalaxy A52 5G
SamsungGalaxy A60
SamsungGalaxy A70
SamsungGalaxy A70s
SamsungGalaxy A71
SamsungGalaxy A71 5G
SamsungGalaxy A80
SamsungGalaxy A90 5G
SamsungGalaxy F41
SamsungGalaxy Fold
SamsungGalaxy Z Fold2 5G
SamsungGalaxy J5 (2017)
SamsungGalaxy J5 Pro
SamsungGalaxy J7 (2017)
SamsungGalaxy J7 Pro
SamsungGalaxy M20
SamsungGalaxy M21
SamsungGalaxy M30s
SamsungGalaxy M31
SamsungGalaxy M31s
SamsungGalaxy M51
SamsungGalaxy Note8
SamsungGalaxy Note9
SamsungGalaxy Note10
SamsungGalaxy Note10 5G
SamsungGalaxy Note10 +
SamsungGalaxy Note10 + 5G
SamsungGalaxy Note10 Lite
SamsungGalaxy Note20 5G
SamsungGalaxy Note20 Ultra 5G
SamsungGalaxy S7
SamsungGalaxy S7 edge
SamsungGalaxy S8
SamsungGalaxy S8 +
SamsungGalaxy S9 Exynos
SamsungGalaxy S9 Qualcomm
SamsungGalaxy S9 + Exynos
SamsungGalaxy S9 + Qualcomm
SamsungGalaxy S10e Exynos
SamsungGalaxy S10e Qualcomm
SamsungGalaxy S10 Exynos
SamsungGalaxy S10 Qualcomm
SamsungGalaxy S10 + Exynos
SamsungGalaxy S10 + Qualcomm
SamsungGalaxy S10 5G
SamsungGalaxy S10 Lite
SamsungGalaxy S20
SamsungGalaxy S20 5G
SamsungGalaxy S20 +
SamsungGalaxy S20 + 5G
SamsungGalaxy S20 Fan Edition
SamsungGalaxy S20 Fan Edition 5G
SamsungGalaxy S20 Ultra 5G
SamsungGalaxy S21 5G
SamsungGalaxy S21 + 5G
SamsungGalaxy S21 Ultra 5G
SamsungGalaxy Tab A7
SamsungGalaxy Tab Active 3
SamsungGalaxy Tab Active Pro
SamsungGalaxy Tab S3
SamsungGalaxy Tab S4
SamsungGalaxy Tab S5e
SamsungGalaxy Tab S6
SamsungGalaxy Tab S6 Lite
SamsungGalaxy Tab S7
SamsungGalaxy Tab S7 +
SamsungGalaxy XCover Pro
SamsungGalaxy Z Flip
SamsungGalaxy Z Flip 5G
SharpAQUOS sense3
SharpAQUOS sense3 basic
SharpAQUOS sense3 plus
SharpAQUOS sense4
SharpAQUOS sense4 basic
SharpAQUOS sense4 lite
SharpAQUOS sense4 plus
SharpAQUOS sense5G
SharpAQUOS zero2
SharpAQUOS zero5G basic
SharpAQUOS zero5G basic DX
SonyXperia XZ Premium
SonyXperia XZ1
SonyXperia XZ1 Compact
SonyXperia XZ2
SonyXperia XZ2 Compact
SonyXperia XZ2 Premium
SonyXperia XZ3
SonyXperia 1
SonyXperia 1 Professional Edition
SonyXperia 1 II
SonyXperia 5
SonyXperia 5 II
SonyXperia PRO
TechnoCamon 12 Pro
TechnoCamon 16 Premier
TechnoCamon 16 Pro
TechnoPhantom 9
Umx (Ultimate Mobile Experience)U3AR
VinsmartLive 4
AliveNex 3
AliveNex 3 5G
AliveNEX S
AliveNEX Dual Display Edition
AliveiQOO 3 4G
AliveiQOO 3 5G
AliveV20 Pro
AliveX50 Pro
AliveX50e 5G
WikoView 3 Pro
XiaomiWed 8
XiaomiMy 8 SE
XiaomiWed 9
XiaomiMy 9 Lite
XiaomiWe 9 SE
XiaomiWed 10
XiaomiMy 10i
XiaomiMy 10 Lite
XiaomiMi 10 Lite 5G
XiaomiMi 10 Lite Zoom
XiaomiMi 10 Pro
XiaomiMy 10T Pro
XiaomiWed 11
XiaomiMy A3
XiaomiMi Mix 2S
XiaomiMy Mix 3
XiaomiMy Note 10
XiaomiMy Note 10 Lite
XiaomiPocophone F1
XiaomiLITTLE M2 Pro
XiaomiRedmi K20
XiaomiRedmi K20 Pro
XiaomiRedmi K30
XiaomiRedmi K30 Pro
XiaomiRedmi Note 7
XiaomiRedmi Note 7 Pro
XiaomiRedmi Note 8
XiaomiRedmi Note 8 Pro
XiaomiRedmi Note 8T
XiaomiRedmi Note 9 Pro
XiaomiRedmi Note 9 Pro Max
XiaomiRedmi Note 9S
XiaomiRedmi Note 9 (5G)
ZebraET51s 8 “Enterprise Tablet
ZebraET56s 8 “Enterprise Tablet
ZebraTC52 WLAN Touch Computer
ZebraTC52x WLAN Touch Computer
ZebraTC57 WWAN Touch Computer
ZebraTC57x WWAN Touch Computer
ZebraTC72 WLAN Touch Computer
ZebraTC77 WWAN Touch Computer
ZTELibero 5G

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