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Augmented Reality: Google partners with three OEMs to bring AR to China

According to Google, there are 100 million devices that support ARCore right now in the market

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Augmented Reality

To make further inroads in China, has partnered with three Chinese Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to bring its (AR) service to the country.

Company's AR SDK for "ARCore" was launched in full in following its announcement in November, Tech Crunch reported late Friday.

According to Google, there are 100 million devices that support right now in the market.

Most services in do not work due to the censorship, but Xiaomi, and have all signed on to release devices that will include support over the coming months, the report added.

These devices would be "higher-end" The is "trickier since the Play Store is not available in the country and the third-party app store is fragmented", Xiaomi, and would release through their own app stores.

As ARCore itself works on device -- without the Cloud -- once are downloaded to a phone, there is nothing that China's can do to disrupt them.

Last year, the company launched Google Translate app, which was also offered via a number of third-party stores and a direct download.

Recently, Google partnered with Tencent, invested in China-based startups and announced an AI lab in

Google also gained a large tech presence in via the completion of its acquisition of a chunk of and it opened a presence in

First Published: Sat, February 24 2018. 13:21 IST