Augmented Reality (AR) applications are now more accessible and streamlined on mobile phones, many thanks to Google’s ARCore SDK. The Californian giant has a certification process in place for devices to enter the ARCore supported list. This is to guarantee a consistent experience across devices and the certification process ensures that the camera, motion sensors, and CPU are performing as expected. More smartphones have now been added to the list of ARCore supported devices.
3 LG Phones, an iPhone and 3 iPads
This morning, we noticed the inclusion of three LG smartphones namely LG G8 ThinQ, LG V40 ThinQ and LG V50 ThinQ. In addition to these, 4 Apple products including iPhone XR, iPad Air 3rd Generation, iPad mini 5th Generation, and 11-inch iPad Pro also received ARcore support. With this latest addition, these devices are now guaranteed to deliver a smooth operation with AR applications.
However, looking at the ARCore list, you will realize that next to LG G8 ThinQ, LG V50 ThinQ and a couple of other LG devices, there is a phrase “ARCore uses the wide-angle fixed focus rear camera for AR tracking”. In the latter part of January 2019, Google acknowledged that the autofocus is not working correctly in a couple of LG phones. In order to go around this situation, the affected phones will now use the wide-angle fixed-focus rear camera for AR applications instead of the primary sensor. This is the essence of the statement attached to those devices.
This situation with select LG smartphones is not an issue for consumers but developers who plan to integrate a fix to their software will have much more work to do. The use of the wide-angle fixed-focus rear camera for AR applications is not the normal process but like we know, Google is aware of the situation. What we do not know is whether Google considers the current solution as a permanent fix or it is working on a software update to ensure that AR tracking is done with the main sensor.