The 8 Best AR Games and Apps to Spice Up Your Smartphone Photos
Augmented reality is a digital technology that integrates real-world environments and objects with virtual elements enhanced by computer generation. You basically see a mixed perception of reality in a game/app that supports AR functionality, slightly different from Virtual Reality (VR), where everything is digital and mimics a real environment. Even Google jumped on the bandwagon by introducing ARCore (Google Play Services for AR), a platform designed for AR functionality where developers can access the APIs needed for their AR games. People can choose AR-enabled apps and games to get creative with photography, educate people using AR models (like Google’s 3D animals for kids), collect information for future purchases and renovations, and finding entertainment while getting out into the real world playing games and participating in social activities. With AR, the world is your oyster.
Since it’s mobile photography week, we at Android Police have picked out a handful of AR-supported apps and games that work great when capturing screens on your Android device. , all so you can dig into the creative apps that let the real world blend in. with digital domain for stylish photos. So if you’re looking to make your photography more stylish with augmented reality, today’s roundup is for you.
We already understand that Niantic knows its way around augmented reality, offering many familiar IPs in its AR games, including Pokémon GO. But you essentially bring Nintendo Pikmin magic wherever you go, your backyard, your garden, your family picnic table, literally anywhere. If you’re unfamiliar with Pikmin, they’re a tiny half-plant, half-animal species in an assortment of bright colors. In Pikmin Bloom, you are tasked with planting seedlings, gathering Pikmin, and feeding your Pikmin nectar to harvest flowers that bloom on its head. So while you’re collecting and growing an army of Pikmin, you might as well take them exploring with a photo op featuring your favorites in a real-life setting. After all, having your own plant guards photographed next to your garden can bring good luck for your summer harvest.
living jurassic world
Have you ever dreamed of seeing a T-rex come to life as it roams your nearest urban town, almost like you’re in a Jurassic Park movie? Jurassic World Alive is a game similar to Pokémon GO, where you can collect different species of dinosaurs and fight other dinosaurs. AR mode isn’t enabled from the get-go, but it’s easy enough to activate; just navigate to Collection and press the AR button. Enabling AR mode lets you pop any dinosaur in your collection into the surrounding real environment, then you can take a photo or record a video in the app.
Another Niantic product, Ingress gameplay is a bit lighter (you don’t necessarily fight or collect), where you battle an opposing faction for control of a resource known as Exotic Materia (XM). Your mission is to work with your faction and claim portals (landmarks around you) so you can help your faction gain an advantage over the other. Ingress Prime is less of a game and more of another form of reality. Taking pictures of portals and getting them approved helps earn experience points, but more importantly, you provide a window of opportunity by crafting new portals that your faction could support. Even though the premise sounds simple (on the surface), Ingress Prime might be the app to try the next time you’re looking for an incentive to get out there and take pictures of the objects around you.
DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition
Transform your nearest town into Gotham while playing the role of your very own Batman. Use technology as your weapon to take down Gotham’s latest villains including the Joker, Mr. Freeze and the Riddler. DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition features 10 AR missions and 10 mini-games while immersing you in even more digital content revolving around the DC Universe via the DC Kids Youtube channel. The game’s photo-taking capabilities let you turn your selfie montage into Gotham City’s most iconic characters; are you the next evil superhero or villain? Take your photo to find out!
Have you considered recreating a tower defense game directly on your living room table? With Knightfall AR, you can do this by assuming the role of the Templars as they protect the Holy Grail from Mamluk warriors. Outside of the main game mode, you can place your unlocked characters on any flat surface. It can be the floor of the bathroom, the dining room or even your terrace. Any choice will be enough to take pictures of your characters as they flash their most chivalrous poses, which may be what you need to kick-start your role-playing career.
You can’t name that object you saw every day because you just didn’t pay much attention when passing by, or maybe you’re on a trip, and there are billboards and nearby signs that you can’t read, isn’t it convenient if this text was translated into your native language? Well, Google Lens might be the app for you. Knowledge is power, and your nifty mobile device holds the key to unlocking that knowledge (more power to you). Google Lens lets you scan anything just by using an image or your built-in camera; it’s handy when you need specific information about something you’ve seen before but can’t put your finger on what it is. Pictures are worth 1000 words, after all.
You might have tried or at least heard of Snapchat, the incredibly popular instant messaging app that lets users create shared stories, often including video and photo uploads. If you’re scared of taking selfies, you can add goofy filters to lighten the mood while taking photos from the app itself. But not only does Snapchat have a bunch of fun filters to experiment with, it also recently rolled out more AR features, one being “Custom Landmarker” (part of Lens Studio) to create your own AR effects and experiences for local locations. around you . So try to jazz up your photos using this AR creation tool the next time you go out, then see what kind of reaction you can get from your friends after sharing the story.
Have you ever wondered what a new leather sofa would look like in your living room or wondered if a mahogany dining table would match your new cabinetry? Wayfair gives you access to a wealth of furniture and home décor at any price range and in any style you want. This is where AR technology comes in; you can select any piece of furniture from the store and add it to your home without leaving home, all through augmented reality; this way you can see what your new product looks like before you buy it. Not only does Wayfair help you view what you’re buying in advance, but you can also secure deals and bargains in the app, which can be a great time-saver. Plus, you can take screenshots of how this piece of furniture looks on your screen to share with friends and family for advice on your next purchase.
Take more photos with AR technology
Not only is mobile photography a relaxing activity when traveling and sightseeing, but it’s also a way to create and publish your adventures. Sometimes part of tourism is that we end up seeing redundancy in the photos we take, probably due to the popularity of specific sites and locations. That makes it all the more difficult to post an image that will leave a lasting impression on your viewers, which is why we turn to AR functionality for additional assistance. Now we have the chance to change things up, potentially adding a creative and unique touch to a gallery by easily sharing your creations using the cameras on one of the best new Android phones.