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Android Chrome browsers get more WebXR support via Open Source Platform A-Frame & ARCore «Next Reality



Although Apple and Google have paved the way for developers to create web-based AR experiences through their respective mobile toolkits, an open source option has gone into space.

On Wednesday, A-Frame received support for the WebXR standard on version 79 of Chrome browsers for ARCore-compatible Android devices. This allows developers to publish AR content via HTTPS websites (hypertext transfer protocol secure).

According to documentation posted a few days ago, users must enable the WebXR AR module in the experimental chrome: // flag settings and then the browser to apply the settings.

Images by Tommy Palladino / Next Reality

AR experiences built with A-Frame version 1.0.3 or newer automatically detect the presence of the AR module and display an AR button to start the experience.

An example experience with a spinosaurus is available to demonstrate functionality. Developers Marc Heller and Gabriel Martins also shared their own experiments via Twitter.

The support for the WebXR AR module in A-Frame currently has some limitations, such as lack of interactivity. However, this will be addressed in future versions of A-Frame via hit test and document object model (DOM) overlay layer functions.

The open source A-Frame framework was originally created by Mozilla, but is now maintained by tool co-makers at VR studio Supermedium. The framework mainly serves as a VR platform and allows developers to create immersive experiences via HTML coding. The web-based AR capabilities were previously used in the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Blu-Ray promotion experience from 8th Wall.

With AR Quick Look in ARKit and Scene Viewer in ARCore, together with the 8th wall Web platform , web-based AR has evolved rapidly over the past year and a half.

The simplicity and openness of the A-Frame platform could accelerate the growth of web-based AR experiences in the wild.

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Cover image via Tommy Palladino / Next Reality


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