AR (Augmented Reality) is a prominent technological expression these days. Tech leaders and industry experts look AR with high hopes and aspirations for taking their ideas and offerings to another level of possibilities. It is becoming prominent in value and offerings with the latest platforms for AR application development – Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore.
It’s been just a few months since Apple launched ARKit and it is already creating a buzz in the market. It brings along an array of new possibilities through ground-breaking ways of development in Augmented Reality. It comes equipped with the latest features and functional properties for embedding and serving your iOS AR project with advanced AR solutions.
On the other hand, there is a parallel power emerging in the Augmented Reality space in the form of Google’s ARCore. With an aim to recall its competencies into new app design ideas and building impactful AR solutions, Google is all set to cater to the existing and future Android phones with this new technology.
Let’s have a look at how the various AR features work in both these AR development platforms
ARKit Features
It comes with three significant offerings as features, further covering the multiple sub-features and resources for developing apps for iOS.
Motion Tracking: ARKit tracks the device’s positioning accurately about the real objects present in the live frame, captured by the camera using VIO (Visual Inertial Odometer). It allows the devices to capture the motion sensor data and record the device‘s real-time position.
Environmental Understanding: Apple’s ARKit allows the devices to scan and analyze the scenes coming in their view via the camera and identify different shapes for rendering useful results.
Light Estimation: It allows the cameras of iPhones and iPads to sense and determine the amount of light present in an area. It helps iOS app developers make their AR apps not only to detect but also regulate the amount of light required for flash consistency and for establishing continuity.
ARCore Features
Here’s how ARCore distinguishes from ARKit through various functional aspects of an AR framework.
Motion Tracking: Google’s ARCore tracks and interprets the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) data that goes with VIO, unlike ARKit. It also measures the built, shape, and features of the nearby objects for detecting and identifying the Android device’s right position and orientation.
Environmental Understanding: Like ARKit, ARCore reads and detects the objects horizontally. All the things including the settings and functional process perform, in the same manner, to help devices have an environmental understanding.
Light Estimation: The AR platform by Google, ARCore works in the same way as ARKit when it comes to taking light estimations. It also detects the light in the surroundings and adjusts the focal positioning and impact of illumination accordingly. It distributes light balance in the most appropriate and orderly manner of deriving the best results out of it.
Conclusion – In a broader perspective, Google’s ARCore has a bigger market size and greater appeal to sellers. On the other hand, ARKit by Apple has the edge over ARCore in impressing its user base through better UX capabilities andabundant material references.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software.