The team behind AR at Google is working hard to bring support to an ever-growing number of phones. While the initial launch was limited to Pixel and S8 phones, it quickly grew beyond that number. Still, most of the early phones were flagships or at least on the higher end of mid-range. With the latest update, we're now seeing ARCore expanding to some budget handsets.
The features discussed below are probably not live yet, or may only be live for a small percentage of users. Unless stated otherwise, don't expect to see these features if you install the apk. All screenshots and images are real unless otherwise stated, and images are only altered to remove personal information.
New supported devices
Just like last time, a stack of new profiles is buried in an assets folder within the APK. Each device profile includes configuration settings and calibration data for the built-in sensors.
Unfortunately, many of the names are merely model numbers that aren't widely publicized, so I've done the best that I could to match them up. Some of these names might still be wrong, but the majority are straightforward enough. Here is the list I have been able to compile so far:
- OnePlus 5T
- All first generation Android One phones [sprout]
- Huawei P20 Pro [HW-01K] – perhaps a different variant than we've seen before
- Huawei P10 special edition signed by Lionel Messi
- Huawei nova 3i [HWINE]
- Honor 10 [HWCOL]
- Sony Xperia XZs [G8231, G8232]
- Sony Xperia XZ [F8331, F8332]
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Pro [H8116, H8166]
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact [H8314, H8324]
- Sony Xperia XZs TD-LTE 602SO (Sony Keyaki SS) [602SO]
- Docomo Xperia XZ SO-01J
- Docomo Xperia XZs SO-03J
- Xperia XZ2 Premium [SO-04K]
- Xperia XZ2 Compact [SO-05K]
- Xperia XZ SOV 34 (Experia X Zut Esu Boy Sanyon)
- Xperia XZs SOV 35 (Experia XSSS SOV 35)
- Xperia ? [SOV48]
- Nokia 6 [PL2]
- Nokia 7 [B2N]
- Xiaomi MI 8 [Dipper]
- Xiaomi MI 8 Explorer Edition [Ursa]
Note: There are references to the dipper and ursa names that link them to the Xiaomi Mi 7 and Mi 7 Pro, but since those models appear to have been cancelled before release, it's likely these names are being used for another pair of handsets, probably in the Mi 8 generation.
I won't try to guess at how excited readers will be to see most of these phones joining the list, but I do know there has been a lot of demand for the OnePlus 5T over the last few months. Both the 3T and 5 have been supported by ARCore for a few months, so it was a bit strange that the newer and more powerful 5T was absent.
If you have one or more of these phones, grab the APK from the Play Store or the link below and try it out on your phone to see if you've now got access to all of the fun toys ARCore promises.
The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.
It looks like support for the OnePlus 6 may have also made its way into this release. Although the app listing on the Play Store is still set as incompatible for the device, sideloading this release will enable ARCore support in related apps, as spotted by Piunika Web. We have tested on our own OnePlus 6 and can confirm that this version of ARCore works.