Google's Killer AR App Lens Gets Broader Roll Out

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In addition to the above smartphones, Google says that is working with other hardware partners - including Huawei, Motorola, Sony, and Xiaomi - to deliver additional smartphones supporting ARCore 1.0 later this year. Following two developer previews, ARCore will officially be exiting its experimental phase of development at Mobile World Congress 2018 scheduled to start next week, as was previously rumored.

While Android Go phones will capitalise on the budget market, Android One devices can take advantage of that opportunity to launch high-end phones that don't compromise on performance and specifications in any way.

Whispers of Android Oreo (Go edition) has been making the rounds for a while with the promise of an operating system designed specifically for budget phones that don't come equipped with extensive RAM or processing power.

"With a smaller amount of storage and processing power, these phones are less expensive for manufacturers to produce and can be sold at affordable prices, in some cases less than $50", said Lockheimer.

What's interesting about Google and dark modes is that the custom launcher available on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL featured an automatic dark theme, dependent on the phone's wallpaper.

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A number of high-quality experiences that are launching with ARCore 1.0 include a tour of FC Barcelona's Camp Nou created by Snapchat, Sotheby-made International Reality which allows one to redecorate their home using AR, and an app for exploring the Porsche Mission E Concept supercar. Google reckons apps will run 15 percent faster on entry-level devices. According to VentureBeat, the company also announced its plans to expand the Google Lens feature to Android and iOS devices.

Analyst firm Gartner yesterday reported the first ever year-on-year decline in smartphone sales, with worldwide sales reaching 408 million units in Q4 2017, or 5.6 percent fewer smartphones than a year ago. At the higher end, people aren't replacing smartphones as frequently.

A feature request in the Google Update Tracker for a dark mode in Android was marked as "fixed".

Does Android Go sound appealing as a low-end, low hassle device?

With Google Lens your phone understands what you're looking at - be that the contents of a photo or the live viewfinder feed if you use it through Assistant.