The Best AR Mobile Apps of 2020
AR or Augmented Reality has arrived on our mobiles, since today's handsets have increasingly efficient cameras that can layer realistic images on your mobile screen. The latest smartphones have such powerful hardware that can handle the AR technology with relative ease.
Take the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra for example. It includes a time-of-flight sensor, and although this is primarily intended to enhance the impact of bokeh on portrait images, it can also serve AR applications better. Apple's iPad Pro 2020 includes a LiDAR sensor that supports more powerful AR applications, and that function will come to the iPhone 12 this fall for sure.
These are two of the largest mobile manufacturers that are focusing on AR. It is pretty evident that every other company wants to offer powerful AR features on their phones. Mobile app developers are hence developing more and more AR apps.
So, in this article, we will list down the best AR apps of 2020. Install these apps in your device and get an immersive AR experience.
Just a Line
Doodles are quite more popular now. Google used its own ARCore development tools to create Just a Line, and uses virtual reality to bring the sketches to life. Although Just a Line began as an Android app, iPhone users with an iOS edition can use this app too.
A smartphone, your finger and lots of creativity are everything you need to play with Just a Line. When your AR creation is done, you can capture it on camera and share it with friends. While Only a Line can be a nice solo experience, with a buddy or two, it's a lot better, making it one of the best AR applications to explore augmented reality.
When it comes to the latest AR apps, Google is leading all the way. Google Lens is the newest version of the Google Goggles idea, with the search giant leveraging the strength of their computer cloud to help recognize text, videos, objects and landmarks in your images to obtain further details.
The app is included as a stand-alone Android edition and is also incorporated with the new Android and iOS iterations of Google Photos as well as the iOS app for Google.
Google's passion in AR goes beyond photography, thereby rendering Google Maps more realistic to use. The famous navigation app includes an AR mode that will help you navigate to your destination by inserting interactive signs and directional arrows to your phone's live view to guide the way forward.
It is a clear improvement over the usual system of navigation, with the arrows providing a handy visual cue which takes the trial and error out of the equation.
SketchAR transforms your mobile screen into a virtual reality drawing tool, superimposing a sketch or line art image on a blank sheet of paper which you can then trace over or use as the base for your own sketch.
Users may choose from a catalog of drawings provided in the app, or use the app to turn their own images into traceable line art. SketchAR is built to operate on paper shaped A4, or any document with four markers drawn on it to provide the app with scale markers.
SketchAR can by no way replace a proper drawing class, but it's a fun tech tool to play with, and one of the better augmented reality apps we've seen lately.
Language learning app Mondly is introducing a virtual reality-assisted spin for ARKit and AR Core-enabled mobiles via a module. Mondly's AR tools connect language learners with an interactive chatbot as well as concept and word visualizations to help render learning more engaging, and include immediate pronunciation input and any mistakes.
In addition to Mondly 's lectures, games, and discussions on screen, these AR applications are built to cover over 30 different languages.
By converting your mobile into a strong visual tech support platform, Vuforia Chalk sits on our list of best AR apps.
When you and a friend or expert are paired via the app with a video call, you use the rear camera on your phone as a viewfinder to display just what you need assistance with. Then all parties should draw on the computer with chalk marks in virtual reality that act as tactile markers, helping you to locate the correct keys, dials, and levers, without the frustration created by only verbal explanation.
MeasureKit may not be as exciting as the other great AR applications such as games and drawing tools, but it does have some very useful functional features, rendering your iPhone as a pocket measurement tool.
The free version of the app comes with a ruler feature which helps you to measure the surface length, with a chaining tool to measure more complicated lengths. A $2.99 in-app payment provides maximum features, including tools to position AR marker pins, calculate angles, trajectories, a person's height and verify whether a surface is level.
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