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How Google's AR Maps API can change the face of more than just AR gaming

1 month ago   |   By iMore

Google and Unity are collaborating to bring an SDK to developers that could potentially turn the real world into our gaming playground.
At the 2018 Games Developer Conference, Google spoke about ARCore and its newly announced Google Maps API for game developers. What started with examples of how games could be played in the real world, unveiled a deeper level of possibility that I'm excited to see in the future.
When you think about a Google Maps API, I'm sure you're thinking, "Pokémon GO." That's what I first thought. But that only scratches the surface of what this new developer cool can...
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Shopping on Instagram feature launches in eight more countries

Shopping on Instagram feature launches in eight more countries

1 month ago   |   By Phone Arena

It's always about the money. No matter what some young kid who dropped out of college says when he launches his new app, the goal is monetization. After all, it is what makes the world go round. And when Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion back in 2012, the big question was how would Facebook turn a profit on the acquisition? Courting advertisers was one solution, and offering subscribers a way to purchase merchandise directly from the app was another revenue producing idea.
Instagram started testing this shopping feature back in 2016. Products are tagged in photos posted on the ...
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Google goes big on ARCore with a host of new augmented reality apps and games

Google goes big on ARCore with a host of new augmented reality apps and games

1 month ago   |   By Tech Radar

Get ready for a veritable tidal wave of augmented reality apps coming to your Android phone. Google announced during GDC 2018 that 60-plus ARCore apps are landing on the Google Play Store today, boosting the lineup of already available Android AR apps and games. As a refresh, ARCore is the Google platform that lets developers create augmented reality experiences for Android phones. Using a phone's camera, the app tracks your position in real-time and places digitally rendered objects onto the real world, making for even more immersive experiences. Today's news comes a few weeks after...
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Google's ‘Just a Line' AR app lets you draw on the world around you w/ ARCore

Google's ‘Just a Line' AR app lets you draw on the world around you w/ ARCore

1 month ago   |   By 9to5Google

Whenever it has new tech, Google generally comes up with some crazy experiments to go along with it. This week we've seen a ton of new development in ARCore , and that includes a fun new app directly from Google itself...
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Google app 8.0 preps teaching Assistant about people, ‘scheduling' Custom...

Google app 8.0 preps teaching Assistant about people, ‘scheduling' Custom Routines, & more

From a versioning perspective, today's update to the Google app is major one as it jumps from 7.x to 8.x. A new “Your People” training feature for Assistant is already visible... Read more ...

Today's Apps Gone Free: Earthlapse, Bill Assistant, Multiplication Flash...

Today's Apps Gone Free: Earthlapse, Bill Assistant, Multiplication Flash Cards and More

Receive stunning views of the planet Earth, pay your bills on time, and learn multiplication with today's collection of apps and games. All app prices are subject to change at... Read more ...

Being Featured in the App Store Can Increase Downloads by As Much As 800 Percent

Being Featured in the App Store Can Increase Downloads by As Much As 800 Percent

Being a featured in the revamped App Store that debuted with iOS 11 can significantly increase downloads for both apps and games. That's according to a new study from Sensor... Read more ...

Today's Apps Gone Free: Train Conductor 2, Intro to Cursive, Color Query and...

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Google gives up on Google Allo, hopes carriers will sort out RCS messaging

Google gives up on Google Allo, hopes carriers will sort out RCS messaging

Enlarge It's time for another chapter in the saga of Google's messaging mess. This latest news comes from The Verge , which reports that Google will be abandoning its most... Read more ...

Sony 3D Creator Android App Gets 3D Selfie Features & More

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Sony is rolling out a new update to the 3D Creator application for the Xperia XZ Premium , Xperia XZ1, and Xperia XZ1 Compact, introducing a handful of new features, of which... Read more ...

How to recertify your custom ROM Android phone for Google apps and services

How to recertify your custom ROM Android phone for Google apps and services

It was a sad day for all sideloaders when Google announced it will block the Play Store and Gapps suite from all uncertified Android devices. Read: those makers which haven't... Read more ...

Google's new universal messaging effort for Android to be called Chat

Google's new universal messaging effort for Android to be called Chat

Google is stopping work on its Allo communication app for Android, and moving most of the team to a new venture called Chat, it seems. Now is the time for the obligatory eye... Read more ...

Tim Cook says iOS will not merge with Mac OS

Tim Cook says iOS will not merge with Mac OS

At the end of last year, Bloomberg disseminated a story saying that Apple would combine iOS and Mac OS so that developers can create one version of an app that would work on an... Read more ...

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17650 for Skip Ahead

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17650 for Skip Ahead

Windows Insiders! Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17650 to Windows Insiders who opted in to Skip Ahead. What's new in Build 176 50 Windows Defender... Read more ...