Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Google's digital tape measure app is live for ARCore devices

Google's digital tape measure app is live for ARCore devices

Google notably replaced Project Tango with ARCore in December and discontinued support for Project Tango in March.

For starters, the Measure app lets you obtain the size or height of things in the real world by moving your phone around to look for objects and then dragging the length tool or height tool into the camera viewfinder. With this app, Google plans to directly go in competition with Apple who recently showed off their own Measure app that uses ARkit to work.

The Measure app was previously only compatible with devices that supported Project Tango, Google's now-defunct augmented reality computing platform. It allows you to switch between imperial and metric units, and save photos of measurements to your device for easy access later, which is helpful if you are in a furniture shop or hardware store.

On first launch, the app first walks users through granting various permissions and details how to use the tool. This isn't a fast process and can be a bit of a pain when you just want to measure something. It is worth noting that the Measure app works best in well-lit areas and textured surfaces.

However, Google explicity states that measurements taken through the app are estimates, and might not always be 100% accurate.

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