Announcing Sketchfab AR on Android

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Hot on the heels of our recent update bringing AR (Augmented Reality) to iOS devices, we’re pleased to announce that Android users no longer need to miss out on the fun.

Starting today we have added Android “ARCore” functionality to our mobile app giving Android users access to every model on Sketchfab in AR – the largest AR library in the world. The update makes us one of the first platforms to support both ARKit and ARCore.

Furthermore, given our integration with pretty much every possible way to create 3D content from traditional 3D modeling software to web-based creation, to VR creativity tools, this additional support makes us the easiest and most seamless way for creators to publish 3D work to AR without a single line of code.

The AR feature is available on select Android devices for any Sketchfab model. Download our app to get started, then open any model, and click on the AR icon in the top right corner. Because ARCoreis currently still in preview, our app will prompt you to install the ARCore SDK which only takes a few seconds. Once installed, you’re ready to go.

Aim at a horizontal flat surface until you see the Sketchfab floor appear, then simply tap on it to place the model. You can then zoom in and out by pinching, or tilt to rotate. And most importantly, you can walk freely around the model which will be locked in space. If you want to move the model, just re-tap the screen to bring the floor back, then re-tap on the floor to reposition the model.

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Note, ARCore is designed to work on a wide variety of qualified Android phones running N and later. During the current SDK preview, ARCore supports the following devices: Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950(U), SM-G950N, SM-G950F, SM-G950FD, SM-G950W, SM-G950U1 and SM-G955).

We’ll have more news on the final public release of ARCore when it happens. In the meantime, have fun enjoying the largest AR library on the planet.

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Paul Chambers

Artist Evangelist & Community outreach at Sketchfab, freelance CG Generalist, render-farm tinkerer. Zelda worshipper.

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