Augmented Reality is something that has been around for many years, but it was with the arrival of ARCore that it really Android devices have started to get so much out of it like iOS users with Apple’s ARKit. In this sense, games like ‘Pokémon GO’ or ‘Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs’ have contributed to arousing great interest in it to such an extent that on Google Play we can currently find hundreds of applications that take advantage of its possibilities.
Leaving aside all those games based on Augmented Reality and Google’s own proposals (Google Maps, Google Measure …), let’s review a few apps for Android that will serve us for all kinds of purposes: from publishing hidden messages to trying on some slippers or furnishing our house.
AR Plan 3D
Among the many applications that exist to make measurements with the mobile camera (MagicPlan is one of them), we are left with this proposal that allows place a virtual tape on real surfaces to facilitate the measurement process and the creation of 3D floor plans. It is capable of obtaining the perimeter and height of the room in metric or imperial units, and allows the measurements to be shared by email or on social networks.
AR Plan 3D Ruler – Camera to Plan, Floorplanner
- Developer: Grymala
- Download it at: Google play
- Price: Free
- Category: Tools
One of the most common uses of Augmented Reality is to be able to try on clothes, accessories or even tattoos. That is precisely what ‘InkHunter’ allows us: project a tattoo design in any part of our body to see how it would look before tattooing it on us. You can also edit it, take a screenshot and share it on social networks.
INKHUNTER – try tattoo designs
It has been available on iOS for a year now, but on Android, for now, we have to settle for the preview. What allows us is virtually try on our shoes from your catalog before purchasing. It includes several models from ADIDAS, Nike, Vans, Asics, Puma or New Balance, but they promise to gradually add more.
Wanna Kicks (early access)
The proposal of the Swedish multinational is one of the most popular Augmented Reality applications. ‘Ikea Place’ includes different furniture, sofas, armchairs and stools in 3D so that we can see how they would be life-size in our house. It also has a virtual search engine to consult information about some IKEA furniture that we see anywhere or in the store itself.
Just a line
This simple multiplatform app allows us draw by scribbling, record it in a short video and share it. Version 2.0 also added the ability to join the session with another person to see their drawings and have them see what you are drawing. The good news is that it has no ads or in-app purchases.
Just a Line: paint the world with augmented reality
Star walk 2
Another of the most widespread uses of Augmented Reality is to interpret the constellations and get more information from the stars we have about us. A well-known app of this type is ‘Star Walk 2’, which, by simply pointing your device towards the sky, identifies thousands of stars, constellations, planets, satellites and comets. The free version contains ads, but they can be removed through in-app purchases.
Star Walk 2 Free: Atlas of the Sky and Planets
With a concept similar to ‘Just a Line’, ‘Wallame’ is a social network in which we can hide graffiti and virtual messages so that only those who have the application can see them. To use it, simply take a photo of a nearby wall, draw or add images to it, and share the creation with your friends. They they will be able to see what you have put once they are in place, although you can also share them with the world by making them public.
WallaMe – Augmented Reality
Its more than 100 million downloads make it an essential in any collection of Augmented Reality apps. In the same way that we have tried on sneakers and tattoos virtually, ‘YouCam Makeup’ allows us to see how would we have a certain makeup style or a certain tone in our face. It is also possible to edit a selfie with effects, accessories, jewelry and sunglasses. The basic version is free, but you can pay for more features.