Wondering about the difference between ARKit and ARCore actually means for your next app? Look no further.
We could bore you senseless with a ton of statistics on the rising popularity of augmented reality; there’s actually no need. If you were looking for a sign that augmented reality is here to stay, you need look no further than Apple’s ARKit and Android’s ARCore.
In addition to launching a range of AR-compatible phones, Apple and Android’s latest software development kits act as a solid sign that the future is here and the future is augmented reality.
Like many app developers, Mental Stack is welcoming these new software development kits with open arms because they herald a new age of augmented reality app development. Apple was the first to catch our attention when it announced the release of its ARKit at the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year; however, just two months later, Android followed in quick succession by launching ARCore. The more the merrier we say.
The Difference Between ARKit and ARCore
Google has been showing a strong interest in AR for quite some time. In fact, it launched its AR program, Project Tango, way back in 2014. As such, many developers anticipate that Android will eventually outshine Apple because they have been developing expertise in this area for quite some time.
What’s more, when augmented reality and virtual reality were pitted against each other in a quest to be the next big thing, Google invested heavily in VR. You only need to look at the serious cash spent on the marketing campaigns that accompanied products as Vive and the launch of a dedicated VR channel to see this in action.
The problem is that we don’t actually know for sure exactly how long Apple has had its eye on AR. Several years ago, rumors emerged that Apple was set to venture into the AR space and its purchase of Metaio made its plans abundantly clear.
However, no one ever really knows what’s going on behind the scenes at Apple and what they have planned. However, we do know that Apple has certainly not jumped on the VR bandwagon to the same extent as Android and Google did.
What ARKit and ARCore Have in Common
For now, at least, ARKit and ARCore have a lot in common. Primarily, they are both focused on providing developers and consumers with quick and easy access to augmented reality content. In addition, they both offer light estimation and motion tracking technologies that developers can use to add a whole new level of dimensionality to their apps.
To harness the powerful features that are available, developers simply need access to the most up-to-date operating system (Nougat or above for Androids and iOS 11 for Apple and) and hardware, and you have the world at your fingertips.
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