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Google launches over 100 AR tours for all to enjoy via its Expeditions app

If you want to find out how children of the future will learn about things in class, check out the recently updated Google Expeditions app.

Published onMay 30, 2018

Children using the Google Expeditions app in a classroom setting.
  • Google updated its Expeditions app to include over a hundred AR experiences.
  • The Google Expeditions AR experiences were previously only available to students and teachers.
  • Only phones that support ARCore can view the AR features of Expeditions.

The Google Expeditions app enables people to go on virtual tours of famous places around the world, using a smartphone in a virtual reality headset. However, Google just opened access to over a hundred augmented reality functions that were previously only reserved for students and teachers as part of the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program.

At Google I/O 2017, Google launched the AR Pioneer Program as a way for teachers to instruct students using AR. For example, a teacher could launch the AR program focused on the human skeleton and teach students about the human body in an interactive (and futuristic!) way.

Now, anyone can enjoy these AR programs through the Google Expeditions app, available on the Google Play Store.

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According to Google, over one million students used AR in their classrooms over the last school year. Using these AR expeditions, teachers have instructed students about things ranging from biology to Impressionist art.

To enjoy these AR experiences, you’ll need a device that is compatible with ARCore, Google’s SDK for augmented reality programs. Consult this list to see if your device is compatible.

You’ll also need the most recent version of the Google Expeditions app, which you can download here. If for some reason you can’t upgrade, you can always sideload the latest version from APKMirror.

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