I could have sworn that Samsung’s new flagship would’ve been compatible with the AR platform from Google, the ARCore, form first day they left the factory, but that wasn’t the case.
Standard AR applications running on Android smartphones are pretty weak and even disappointing at some point, at least compared to those on iOS using the ARKit platform.
ARCore is Google’s response to Apple’s ARKit, but not many smartphones are compatible with this platform. So far, only 14 phones have ARCore support for AR applications at a superior level: Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 +, Note 8, S7 and S7 Edge, LG V30 and V30 + with Android Oreo onboard, Asus ZenFone AR and OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T models.
As I said earlier, we would’ve expected the support for the ARCore platform to be available from the factory on the new Galaxy S9 and S9+. But it still does not support this platform.
But the support seems to be coming soon. According to Ian Muldoon, a Google camera system and software engineer has confirmed that Samsung’s new flagships will receive in the coming weeks the upgrade packages that will make S9 and S9+ compatible with the ARCore platform.