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Pokémon GO AR+ comes to ARCore Android devices for more realistic gameplay

(Source: 9to5google.com)

While the fervor around Pokémon GO has decreased since its 2016 debut, the game still has a solid following and is continuously adding new features. The latest is an enhanced AR+ mode on Android that takes advantage of ARCore for a more realistic experience.

The Niantic game helped popularize the concept of augmented reality with a passthrough mode that turned on your rear camera to catch Pokémon. In AR+ mode on supported devices, Pokémon will be displayed to a fixed point in the real-world.

Users can walk towards or around the Pokémon that in turn can sense your proximity and speed. In the game, this allows for bonus points, but could also scare away the Pokémon if you walk too fast towards it.

As you walk up to a Pokémon, it scales in size and will notice your movement! Get up close before you throw your Poké Ball to make the Pokémon easier to catch, and even earn an Expert Handler bonus!! Or you can tap the camera icon to take a photo of your subject in the environment around you.

On Android, AR+ requires ARCore supported device running 7.0 Nougat or above. Many devices including the Google Pixel and Pixel 2, Samsung, and LG flagships support Google’s platform for mobile augmented reality. The current list of supported devices is below.

Version 0.123.1 of Pokémon GO is rolling out now via the Play Store.

AcerChromebook Tab 10

LG

G6

Samsung

Galaxy A5 (2017)

Asus

ROG PhoneG7 One, G7 ThinQGalaxy A6 (2018)Zenfone ARQ6Galaxy A7 (2017)Zenfone ARESQ8Galaxy A8, Galaxy A8+ (2018)

Google

Nexus 5XV30, V30+, V30+ JOJOGalaxy Note8Nexus 6PV35 ThinQGalaxy Note9Pixel, Pixel XLV40Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edgePixel 2, Pixel 2 XL

Motorola

Moto G5S PlusGalaxy S8, Galaxy S8+Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XLMoto G6, Moto G6 PlusGalaxy S9, Galaxy S9+

HMD Global

Nokia 6 (2018)Moto X4Galaxy Tab S3Nokia 6.1 PlusMoto Z2 ForceGalaxy Tab S4Nokia 7 PlusMoto Z3, Moto Z3 Play

Sony

Xperia XZ PremiumNokia 8

OnePlus

OnePlus 3TXperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 CompactNokia 8 SiroccoOnePlus 5, OnePlus 5TXperia XZ2, Xperia XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ2 Premium

Huawei

Honor 10OnePlus 6

Vivo

NEX Anova 3, nova 3iNEX SP20, P20 ProX23Porsche Design Mate RS

Xiaomi

Mi 8, Mi 8 SEMate 20 LiteMi Mix 2SY9 2019Pocophone F1

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