It was first reported in March that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will get support for ARCore in the coming weeks. It has actually taken a couple of months for this to happen but Samsung’s 2018 flagship now finally has support for Google’s augmented reality platform. These aren’t the first Samsung handsets to get support for the platform as the company’s 2017 flagships already have ARCore support.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ owners will now be able to try out augmented reality apps based on the ARCore platform. The software-based AR platform allows apps to render virtual objects in the real world when seen through a camera. Users can walk around and view those objects and can even interact with them.

The advantage of ARCore being a software-based platform is that any device that’s powerful enough to run ARCore apps can allow users to experience augmented reality. It’s different from some of Google’s earlier AR efforts which required smartphones with special hardware.

In order to experience ARCore apps on the Galaxy S9, users who own the Samsung flagship will first need to download the ARCore app from the Google Play Store. Once they do that, they can then search for many augmented reality apps in the Google Play Store and download them on their devices to try out the many games and experiences that developers have already created on this platform.

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