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Shop Amazon in augmented reality right now

With the release of ARCore 1.0, Android users can now shop on Amazon in AR. You can view virtual items in your home before you buy.

Published onFebruary 26, 2018

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  • Android users with the Amazon app on certain devices can now access AR View through Google’s ARCore 1.0.
  • Available to iOS users for awhile now, this new feature lets you view items on Amazon virtually in your home.
  • Tens of thousands of items are already available to view, including Amazon Echo products.

Owners of iOS devices have been buying products from Amazon using augmented reality for a while now, but with the release of Google’s ARCore 1.0, Android users finally have the capability.

Tens of thousands of items on Amazon have an augmented reality (AR) shopping feature, including furniture, home decor, toys, and Amazon Echo products. You can find items one of two ways: using AR View in the app and scrolling through products, or clicking “See how this product fits in your room” from the product page of AR-enabled items.

To use AR View, your Android device needs to support ARCore 1.0. Click here to visit the app’s item page at the Google Play Store to see if your device is compatible. Once you’ve got the ARCore app installed, make sure you’re running the latest version of the Amazon app. This feature is just rolling out now, so it may take time for you get the most recent update.

Open the Amazon app and hit the camera icon in the search bar. You’ll be presented with some view choices. Select AR View, and you can check how thousands of items will look in your home. You can watch Amazon’s video demonstration of the process below:

Augmented reality makes shopping for large home items a cinch, which is what Amazon wants. After all, even though going to a physical furniture store helps you better experience an item, it doesn’t give you an idea of what the product will look like in your home. Amazon is undoubtedly hoping this new feature will make it the more desirable shopping destination.

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