The Future is Now: Augmented Reality Use Grows for Smartphone Users

One of the most talked about new developments in smartphone technology is the advancement of augmented reality app development, or “AR”. This is the futuristic-seeming technology that allows your device to superimpose a computer-generated image onto your view of the real world. You may have seen it if you follow your kids or grandkids on social media sites like Snapchat and Instagram in the form of the twitchy, animated bunny ears or whiskers they’ve used to add a colorful splash of fun to live action videos.

Augmented reality is being incorporated into everyday use apps, so you’ll begin to notice it more and more, especially if you’re using flagship Android smartphone models like the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone or Galaxy S9+, or the latest iPhones. For instance, Apple will be rolling out an app called Measure, which will allow you to use your phone’s camera to accurately, and easily, measure the size of real world objects. Google Lens combines AR with Google’s powerful search engine tool to let you immediately find and view information about whatever you’re looking at just by holding your camera up to that object.

As you can imagine, AR will come in especially handy for things like measuring the fit of a piece of clothing or selecting a paint color for a room, and smartphone app designers are already on the case. Furniture giant Ikea is teaming up with Apple to offer an app that lets you use AR and your camera to virtually place furniture into a room and see how it would look in various locations and configurations!

And that’s just the beginning. Both iPhone and Android are releasing more options to app developers, so we can expect more amazing features to come. These great tools may seem like something out of science fiction, but they’re not—the future has arrived on your smartphone!

8 Thoughts on "The Future is Now: Augmented Reality Use Grows for Smartphone Users"

  1. Kim says

    The Doro Phone Easy 626 is really a great phone! Is there any way to install a battery with longer duration….seems like I spend more time charging than talking or texting…Thanks for great service…

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for posting, Kim! We’re happy to talk with you about the battery life on your Doro 626 if you like, and make some recommendations. Please feel free to give us a call at 888-345-5509 at your convenience. We hope you have a great day!

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  2. Dennis says

    Any plans for unlimited data coming soon to consumer Cellular ?

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for asking, Dennis! We don’t have any new plans to announce at the moment, but if we do make any changes, we’ll be sure to post a blog about it, and make sure our customers are aware of any updates. If you’re finding that you need more data on your plan, we’re happy to make some recommendations and discuss with you at 888-345-5509. Thank you for taking the time to post, and we hope you have a great day!

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  3. Dale Sorenson says

    Any plans to support apple watch?

    reply to Dale

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Dale. At this time, we don’t offer support for Apple Watch, but if that changes in the future, we’ll be sure to let you know!

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  4. Diana L Troop says

    How do I create a group for texting on my smart phone?

    reply to Diana

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Diana. When you open a new message, you can tap the top of your screen where you would type the recipient. You can tap it after entering the first one to add multiple.

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