Google Reportedly Launching ARCore To More Android Phones During MWC 2018

Files Go, the storage manager for devices that need more memory and space, adds a small but useful feature to the app, making it easier to back up your files on Google Drive, which is logical given they're all part of the whole Google ecosystem.

Google Lens, a machine learning-powered image analyzer, was first announced at I/O 2017.

If you have a new Pixel phone, you may have been able to play with Google's AR Stickers that brought Star Wars and Stranger Things into the real world. Google has now confirmed that it will be using the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 platform in the coming week to debut some Android Go smartphones.

Whatever your eyes - and by extension, your camera - could see, Google could help you make sense of it. Ideally. Android Go is essentially a stripped down and re-bundled adaptation of Android One planned particularly for minimal effort gadgets with not as much as a gigabyte of RAM (Google guarantees the stage can bolster as low as 512MB of RAM) and low-end processors.

Another feature Google is updating is Google Lens, a tool that uses artificial intelligence to identify objects using a phone's camera.

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Nokia is also expected to unveil an Android Go smartphone could be the rumoured Nokia 1

Google has been doing more to support high-end devices that have the computing power for artificial intelligence, and ARCore is one way Android can compete with Apple's luxury handsets.

"Starting next week, you'll see the first set of Android Oreo (Go edition) phones, and soon after they'll be available for you to purchase", Google wrote in its official blog post.

Lens is also coming to Google Assistant on more devices, including flagship phones from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony and HMD/Nokia.

In the coming weeks, Google Lens preview, the live functionality that allows users take a picture and get more information about what's in the photo, is expanding to additional Android handsets.

To show off the latest, Google has partnered with a few developers to showcase their plans to use AR in their apps. Moreover, the app has a new experience that lets you digitally place yourself in the football club, Barcelona FC's Camp Nou stadium. It is adding new features like improved support for recognizing common animals and different dog breeds, as well as plants and flowers.

  • Joey Payne