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Niantic warns that it's banning 'Scanner [REDACTED]' players for using Android Q

Niantic Support has released a statement on Twitter that warns Scanner [REDACTED] players who are testing the Android Q beta may trigger a ban. It would also appear that Scanner [REDACTED] has not been updated since its release last November, and there is currently no word from Niantic whether or not this issue will be fixed in the future.

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Minecraft Earth is bringing its AR world-building to Android this summer as closed beta

Last week we learned that Microsoft would be releasing an augmented reality game based on the Minecraft franchise, and today it has been revealed that Minecraft Earth is the name of that title, and that it will be coming to Android as a closed beta sometime this summer. Supposedly it will take everything you know and love from the Bedrock Edition to then repackage it as an AR game. What this means is that you'll be able to play what is essentially the full game in the real world through the lens of you phone's screen, which actually sounds pretty cool.

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Google improves ARcore's Augmented Images and Light Estimation, brings AR to search results

ARcore is one of Google's both fun and impressive projects. It's the backbone to many augmented reality apps like Google's own Lens and Playground, as well as apps like IKEA Place or games like Pokémon Go. Now, it also powers a new navigation mode in Google Maps. At I/O, Google has announced a sleigh of improvements to make the experience even more realistic, such as improved support for moving objects in the real world and better shadows and lighting.

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Microsoft teases mobile Minecraft augmented reality game

Minecraft is everywhere PCs, phones, tablets, game consoles, Raspberry Pi microcomputers, Apple TVs, and more. Microsoft teased a mixed reality version of Minecraft running on the HoloLens a few years ago, but that version of the game has yet to materialize. However, something like it might just make an appearance later this month.

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Ingress comes to Netflix with debut of new animated series

Niantic has officially announced the global release of Ingress: The Animation on Netflix, which is clearly themed around the developer's hit augmented reality game Ingress Prime. We first learned about the CG-animated series back in July of 2018, and that the show had a planned launch for October of that year. Well, that loose release date came and went, so if you had been wondering when the show would actually arrive, today's the day.

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Google invites you to explore Childish Gambino's trippy world in new AR game [APK Download]

Google and Childish Gambino have been collaborating for a while already, even if it took Google months from announcement to a finished AR character of the musician. Now, the two are returning with a much bigger project, abducting you into Childish Gambino's world in an augmented reality experience through a game called Pharos AR.

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Samsung built a useless AR app that lets you attach virtual media to real-world objects [APK Download]

Augmented reality lets you display virtual elements on top of what is captured by the camera. These can be navigational arrows to guide you to your destination, fictional characters you interact with as part of a game, and so much more. With Playground, Google designed an app that lets you add various things to the real world such as pets, clouds, and even superheroes, but, sadly, it made it exclusive to Pixel devices. Being very thoughtful, Samsung also wanted its customers to be able to play with AR, so it built an app to let them do just that — well, not really.

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Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is available on the Play Store for pre-registration

Niantic has revealed in an official blog post a first look at its upcoming augmented reality game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and as of this morning the title is available on the Play Store for pre-registration. The blog post covers the basic premise of the game. Players will be able to take part in a unique Wizarding experience by saving a world befallen by a calamity as a recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force.

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Google and CERN partnered to create the new Big Bang AR app

No one was there to watch the Big Bang happen, but you can catch a replay of all the action with a new app from CERN and Google. The Big Bang AR app turns the world around you into nothing, which then becomes everything. And no, this has nothing to do with that silly TV show.

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[Update: Now live] Pokémon GO gains AR-based snapshot mode that lets you pose with Pikachu

It's been 20 years since Pokémon Snap, the N64 game in which players roamed the Pokémon Island taking pictures of its inhabitants. Two decades later, humans now roam the Earth taking pictures for the Gram. With the similarly-named GO Snapshot feature, a much-requested photo mode for Pokémon GO, Niantic seems to hark back to the past.

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