Google launched an app called Just a Line as a part of its slew of new ARCore 1.0 apps. On May 30, the company not only launched version for the iPhone but released a new collaborative feature for both Android and iOS.
Just a line is extremely easy and funny. This app lets you bring drawings to life. Using the camera, simply point at the area where you would like to draw. Then, press your finger on your smartphone screen begin doodling. When you are done, you can then walk around to see it from various angles.
The app is extremely reminiscent of Google’s Tilt Brush virtual reality app. The app allows users to paint in a 3D space. But the app was only available on expensive VR devices, which makes Just a Line far more accessible.
How to start?
Place both phones side-by-side and tap the partner icon. Once both phones are connected, you and your partner are able to see and add to the same drawing in real-time.
The collaborative experienced is powered specifically by “Cloud Anchors” which was introduced at this year’s annual Google I/O developer conference. It allows developers to create these types of AR experiences through the cloud regardless of whether you’re on Android or iOS.
Just a Line works on any Android phone that supports ARCore and latest iOS devices.
At the conference, Google made a demo app called Lightboard where two people are able to shoot paintballs at each other. The point of the game is to cover an area with as much color as possible. We were able to play the game successfully between an Android phone and iPhone in seconds.
Even though Google only recently launched its new framework for augmented reality apps on Android. There are already tons of ARCore-based apps available on the Google Play Store.