When Apple announced ARKit, they also revealed that they had partnered up with several companies to create augmented reality (AR) apps such as IKEA where they launched their "Place" app for iOS devices. The app was initially exclusive to iOS devices but now it looks like it is available for Android devices as well.
Unsurprisingly Android's version will use Google's ARCore and is expected to function pretty much the same way. In case it wasn't already obvious, the IKEA Place app lets users superimpose IKEA furniture in their homes. However as it uses AR technology, it will be more detailed than just slapping an image on the screen and will provide users with a more accurate look as to what certain pieces of furniture might look like.
IKEA is definitely not alone in launching such features as Macy’s has recently launched a similar feature which allows users to place furniture in their home, except in virtual reality. That being said for those who want to check out the app, note that not all devices are supported yet, although Google did state that they are working to bring ARCore onto more devices in the future.
In the meantime for those who might have a compatible device, you will need to download ARCore first and then the IKEA Place app, both of which can be found for free via the Google Play Store.
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