MediaTek has announced that it’s working closely with Google to allow augmented reality experiences and Lens Visual Search on the next generation of mid-range smartphone. The announcement comes just a day after the Taiwanese chipset manufacturer revealed the Helio P90 as the newest addition to the Helio P family.
MediaTek confirmed that it has completed the testing and enablement of ARCore and Google Lens on the Helio P90 chipset. ARCore will bring powerful AR capabilities to smartphones so that developers can build mobile AR experiences without the need for additional hardware or other complexities.
MediaTek worked closely with Google to pre-test ARCore on its Helio P90 chipset to provide OEMs, developers and users a superior experience. The Taiwan semiconductor company created a turnkey reference design for ARCore which will help smartphone manufacturers to streamline the design process and speed up time-to-market.
The company has also optimized the Helio P90 camera software with support for Google Lens, thus allowing users to search what they see and get things done faster. MediaTek says it will provide OEMs with software support for Google Lens across several segments, thus bringing the power of Google’s image search to a larger audience.
Speaking about the development, MediaTek Wireless Business Unit Head, TL Lee said “MediaTek has a long history of working with Google to make advanced, new premium, mobile technology accessible to consumers at mid-range price points. With our latest collaboration, we enable more smartphone users to experience the power of AR and Lens visual search in their daily lives. Now that Helio P90 is ARCore and Google Lens ready, we’ll be working closely with OEMs to provide them with comprehensive support so they can quickly design and bring devices to market that are optimized for AR applications and Lens”.
ARCore and Google Lens support will come to the MediaTek Helio P90 within the end of 2019 and will be seeded first to devices designed to run the latest Android 9 Pie. MediaTek says it’ll be extending support for ARCore and Google Lens to other chipsets in its Helio portfolio in 2019.