Google's ARCore spurs bevy of AR app releases

Google's ARCore spurs bevy of AR app releases

Google's ARCore has allowed IKEA Place to make its way to Android. Besides adding the AR shipping box sizer, the latest update to the eBay app for Android includes a fix for an issue that was preventing the app's night theme from working correctly.

Released this week for U.S. eBay sellers using Android smartphones, the new feature uses augmented reality to help you buy the right sized box when you get to the post office.

After pointing a phone's camera towards the item, users can then toggle between different sizes of AR-created boxes that will overlay the product.

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The idea being that it could well save money and time, given some people are under the assumption the size of their packages are bigger than they actually are and may be pleasantly surprised when their junk fits neatly into a smaller box. New app features from eBay, Ikea, and others have been launched to show exactly why we should start caring about AR on mobile.

"The launch of ARCore brings the power of augmented reality to even more consumers", said Wayfair cofounder and cochairman Steve Conine in an emailed statement, "and we're proud to deliver a useful and practical application of this innovative technology to our customer".

An early iteration of the AR tool was developed during eBay's Hack Week, a company-wide competition that challenges employes to innovate and reimagine the eCommerce experience.

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