Google is ramping up AR performance on Android phones with dual cameras

   Coming to Pixel 4 before Pixel 5

   Google is updating its AR SDK so dual-camera phones can better collect depth information. As noted by Android Police, the most recent update to Google Play Services for AR apps, which is how Google distributed ARCore features, now notes “Dual camera stereo depth on devices supported "in its change table.


   For now, it looks like support will be limited to devices using Google's own Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, both of which were first released in 2019. List of all compatible ARCore devices like on the official Google developer website that dual camera support will be coming in the coming weeks.

   Notably, this means that the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, both Pixel 2020 phones with dual cameras, won't see the benefits at the moment. That could be because their secondary camera is the ultra-wide camera instead of the telephoto shots of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, which will make sense in terms of how they can create more detailed depth maps.
   In any case, it's another consequence of Google's indecision over Pixel camera lenses. The company has long insisted it only needs a single camera due to computational features like Super Res Zoom on the Pixel 3, then confusingly added the telephoto lens on the Pixel 4, then stepped back and swapped it. into the ultra-wide lens on the Pixel 5.