It was just yesterday that we talked about Apple Pay and how Apple is paving the path for users to transition from plastic to digital money. The details for their transit system integration can be read here. It is imperative to know that currently, the two biggest players in digital payments are Google and Apple. This time around, its Google’s bout. Obviously, with two giants such as Apple and Google in the market, perfect competition is inevitable. It is important to know Google’s progress in AR development. Its software has managed to evolve to a point where the Pixel has the best camera without the beefy specs. This time around, Google has put its AR to quite the use.
While Google adds a new device to its ARCore every week, it goes on to increase the service’s functionality too. It was only a couple of days ago that they even added Motorola’s upcoming device to the list as well. But while this is all good and all, one may wonder what’s Google’s plan with the service.
How it Works
We can get a subtle idea of what they’re going with, according to the latest news. As reported on XDAdevelopers, Google has put AR Shopping to test. Although currently, the service is just at a testing phase, there is still enough support to use it with a bunch of furniture categories. The service works with Google cam being integrated with Google’s Playground. The question circulating your mind must be, “But how does it work?”. Yes, from the initial impression it may seem that you can point the camera at a product to purchase it.
While such services already exist, Google has done something quite different. You may pick products from the supported vendors. Once selected, the product is displayed on the Camera’s viewfinder and can be viewed in the space one wants to place it in the future.
While it may be difficult to express it in words, this hands-on video by XDAdevelopers describes it best.
Seems pretty cool, doesn’t it? Reminds me of Star Wars with their holograms in real time. One can actually set the piece of furniture in the space, rotate it and whatnot to get the right idea of how it may look.
While this service seems pretty cool by initial testing, it is still somewhat of a beta phase. There is the problem of limited vendor support and even types of products are quite limited. It should also be noted that currently, it would only be supported with Pixel Devices, those with the latest release of Android 9 Pie. Another suggestion would be that Google should think broadly for the product. Why stop at furniture. This would be quite an app for architects. Imagine being able to design and see your final House, e.g, in real time, to scale. That would be something. But then again, this is just the beginning. One shouldn’t be ungrateful either. Kudos to Google for this feat!