Microsoft developing a Mixed Reality App for Android?

Cosmin Rivers avatar. By: Cosmin Rivers
2 minute read

Home » News » Microsoft developing a Mixed Reality App for Android?

A while ago, Microsoft initiated a search for developers to create a 3D scanning and augmented reality app for mobile devices. The job post involved the search for a Principal SW Engineering Manager for its 3D scanning and augmented reality on mobile devices team.

The existence of an application like this could improve the viability of Microsoft‘s 3D efforts on the desktop and may also provide an opportunity for users to view models created in Paint 3D using ARKit and ARCore on their mobile devices.

Considering the lack of Windows 10 Mobile handsets and the issues the platform has been having, we assumed the app was targeted at Android or iOS. It was pretty clear that it wasn’t for Windows 10 Mobile.

Samsung phone spotted running the View 3D app

We might have missed it, but Microsoft might have given us the answer back in May. We are referring to their promotional video for Story Remix which showed a Samsung phone running Microsoft’s View 3D application, which is now the Mixed Reality Viewer.

Back then, the company painted the whole thing as being part of user workflow and the ability to capture information on the phone they already own, and then process it on their PCs. It wasn’t clear if Microsoft was referring to transferring media via OneDrive.

But now, it seems pretty clear the company plans to develop a dedicated Mixed Reality app for Android (and probably iOS) that would allow users to capture images, view 3D models and possibly scan items in 3D. Microsoft promised this last feature for Windows 10 Mobile, but it never got to see daylight.

Indeed, it seems that Microsoft has completely lost interest in Windows 10 Mobile, focusing on other platforms instead.

RELATED STORIES TO CHECK OUT:

Discussions

Next up

Download KB4487029 to fix bugs from previous updates

Rabia Noureen avatar. By: Rabia Noureen
2 minute read

Windows 10 is all set for another round of updates, just after the Patch Tuesday updates that were rolled out to users last week. Update KB4487029 upgrades the […]

Continue Reading

Chrome won’t let websites know you’re using incognito browsing

Rabia Noureen avatar. By: Rabia Noureen
2 minute read

Google is reportedly planning to give a tough time to the sites so that they won’t be able to figure out that you are using Incognito […]

Continue Reading

Download Remote Desktop Preview 1.0.41.0 on PC

Rabia Noureen avatar. By: Rabia Noureen
2 minute read

Windows 10 users recently got an update for Remote Desktop Preview App. The update has boosted the version of the application to 10.1.1009.0. The update brings some minor features […]

Continue Reading