Today, Google is announcing the debut of ARCore, an initiative to bring mobile-powered AR experiences to the masses like never before. Previously Google’s Tango was the best way to see powerful AR projects in action, but that required extra cameras and sensors on high-end smartphones to work. Now, ARCore is aiming to democratize augmented reality for the Android ecosystem by offering a software-only solution.

“[Today] we’ll be announcing a preview of something we call ‘ARCore,’” said Clay Bavor, VP of Augmented and Virtual Reality at Google, during an interview with UploadVR. “It’s an SDK for Android developers to build AR experiences for Android phones — a software only solution for doing stuff. So basically we’re bringing much of the goodness of Tango onto a very broad range of AR devices.”

Starting right now, Google is making the ARCore SDK available to owners of the Google Pixel (running Oreo) and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 (running at least 7.0 Nougat,) with a target of running on millions of devices by “this Winter,” according to Bavor. Other Android devices from Samsung as well as smartphones from LG, Huawei, and ASUS are expected to all get support over time as well.

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