Since mobile phones have incorporated the necessary hardware to be able to perform augmented reality functions, many apps have been released, in addition to the ones that are incorporated in each case so that the user can already have some tools. That is why it does not hurt to review what augmented reality apps we can find today, from games to “virtual testers”.
iOS 11 and ARKit on the iPhone were a push and since then we have seen very varied and useful apps for both this system and Android. We collect a few, some of them free and available for both operating systems.
Zome AR available for iOS and Android
Mixing augmented reality with social networks is this original app that allows you to leave a message or doodle anywhere in the world (even an image or a file), so that other users who are there can see it (virtually, of course). They can also be private messages or self destruct.
An essential in a compilation of augmented reality apps must be some makeup. In the purest Snapchat / Instagram Stories style these apps make it easy for us to see how we would have a certain style or tone on our face, such as this free app that also serves to apply effects on selfies.
Pokemon Go available for both iOS and Android)
This is already a classic among augmented reality games and was a revelation in the summer of 2016. The game has continued to be renewed for all those who were getting everything and both the Pokémon and the hunt itself is very successful (and it is a very fun way to walk and move a little).
DoodleLens available only for Android
One of the most popular additions around augmented reality on cameras is being able to play with our own scribbles in our videos. It was, in fact, one of the additions that stood out in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, but if your mobile does not include it, you can try this Android app that combines several effects.
DoodleLens | Android (2.09 euros)
Froggipedia available only for iOS devices
Did you touch / had to dissect a frog at school? If it is not something that you find too attractive a priori or you are somewhat insecure you can start practicing with an iOS mobile thanks to this app. With enough detail at the level of organs and tissues and compatible with the Apple Pencil, they also told us in Applesfera about it.
Froggipedia | iOS ($ 3.99)
Kinghtfall: AR available for iOS and Android devices
What this game proposes is to put ourselves in the role of a Templar knight and project the battlefield on any nearby flat surface. The goal is to collect gold by wiping out Mamluk warriors and other enemies, unlocking animations as levels are exceeded.
InkHunter (iOS and Android)
More than a dissection, what can really be scary is tattooing for the first time. In order to have a kind of preview is this app that the reality that increases is that of our epidermis with a drawing, and the only thing that will dye our skin is the ink of a pen (to delimit the area).
Carrot available only on iOS
A complete and popular weather forecasting tool that integrates satellite maps, alarms with AR mode, Siri shortcuts and dark mode for devices that install iOS 13. There is also version for Apple Watch.
Carrot | iOS ($4.99)
Civilizations AR available for both devices iOS & Android
The BBC is committed to education and proposes the use of augmented reality to be able to observe objects such as sarcophagi rotating them, resizing them, etc. It contains explanatory audios and an X-ray function that allows you to see the interiors of available historical objects.
Wanna Kicks available only for iOS
The future was to try on clothes without having the same, or at least go beyond seeing the product in the online catalog and imagine it on. Based on this, the Wanna Kicks app allows us to see how some shoes look before buying them in the store.
Wanna Kicks | iOS (free)