Google Measure, the virtual tape measure app, now works on any phone running Android 7.0 Nougat and above.
The practical-minded augmented reality app, which was unveiled in 2016, had previously been limited to Project Tango, Google’s AR platform, but it now works on works on all phones supported by ARCore, which has less hardcore hardware demands.
The Measure app, as its name suggests, lets you measure things. It’s ideal, for instance, for people who are looking to get new furniture in, but might not have a physical tape measure to hand.
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However, Google explicity states that measurements taken through the app are estimates, and might not always be 100% accurate.
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“Move your phone around the space to find flat surfaces such as tabletops or the floor,” explains Google. “Then drag a length tool or height tool into the scene, and adjust it to the right size. Tap the camera icon to snap a photo for later, or tap the trash icon to start a new measurement.”
It works best if you use it on textured, well-lit surfaces, the company says, and you need to move your phone around the area before you start measuring stuff. You can also switch between metric and imperial units, and save photos of your measurements for later.
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