With Android 10 taking to the streets (at least for those mobile devices that get quick updates) and the iOS 13 public release due on September 19, Google released an update Thursday to ARCore, which adds new fantastic benefits to its cross-platform capabilities.
For its Cloud Anchors API for multi-user augmented reality experiences, Google integrates ongoing content support that allows users to "store" AR content in real-world locations so that others can discover and interact with them.
"Imagine working together to redesign your home all year long, leaving AR notes for your friends around the amusement park or hiding AR sites in certain places around the world to be discovered by others," says Christina Tong, Product
One of the first applications to provide new permanent content content to Cloud Anchors is Mark AR , an application by Sybo and iDreamSky developers, co here gives users the freedom to generate and share AR content with other people in public spaces.
"Reliably pinning AR content to every use case – regardless of surface, distance and time – pushes the boundaries of calculation and computer vision because the real world is diverse and ever-changing," Tong said. "By activating the 'save button' for AR, we are making an important step towards overcoming the digital and physical worlds in expanding the ways AR can be useful in our daily lives."
Alas, Continuous Content Support is limited in startup availability, but Google accepts applications for developers interested in testing capabilities.
In addition, the ARCore team has introduced some cloud anchor enhancements that improve the tuning process for many users. with better anchors and visual processing.
"Now that you create an anchor, more angles in larger areas in the scene can be captured for a healthier 3D map function," Tong said. "Once the map is created, the visual data used to create the map is deleted and only other identification codes are shared with other devices that are allowed. Additionally, several anchors in the scene can now be resolved at the same time, reducing the time it takes to launch a shared AR experience. "
Some of the applications that take advantage of cloud anchors include Google's Just a Line, NASA's NASA spacecraft, and Childish Gambino's Pharos AR. Now users who may have been disturbed by the multi-user experience of these applications can dive in and see if the new API performance gives apps a better run.
In addition, Google has made good on its promise of I / O by formally extending its Augmented Faces API to iOS, reflecting the distinction of Cloud Anchors Cross-platform. Augmented Faces is compatible with the functionality of ARKit, which enables developers to create Snapchat-like selfie effects.
"Earlier this year, we announced our Augmented Faces API, which offers a high-quality, 468-dot 3D network that allows users to attach fun effects to their faces – all without a depth sensor on their smartphone," Tong said . "With the addition of iOS support today, developers can now create effects for more than a billion users."
In addition, Google added a feature familiar to developers working at Lens Studio by Snapchat by offering face effects templates, that make the creative workflow less complex.
With the latest updates, ARCore is catching up with ARKit in the area of sustainable content. It still lags behind ARKit 3, especially in terms of Apple Occlusion, Motion Capture and dual camera support, but by offering multi-platform capabilities, Google is doing its part to break down walls between the gardens of mobile operating systems.  Don't Miss: The Future of the AR Cloud – Thousand Walls Bloom