We have a number of cardboard v2 at our school and we are looking to buy some devices to view cospaces on. We dont really require phones and i tried the ipod touch and the screen is just too small as the sides of the phone can be seen in the viewer. Any suggestions for devices to view on?
I can’t recommend a specific device because there are many good devices out there with a good price (Android) and new ones are coming out all the time. So some current research is required.
The optimal screen size for most cardboards is 5 to 6 inches (6 inches for cardboard v2). The important thing is that the phone runs on Android version 4.4 or higher and that it has a physical built-in gyroscope sensor.
Hey @Outpost_31 & @Benny. As far as I know, we are using a couple of Xiaomi Mi 5 when we do workshops. This phone costs around $280. A good price point compared to the power of this device. https://ebay.com/itm/Original-5-5-Xiaomi-Mi-5X-Mi5X-M5X-Snapdragon-625-Octa-Core-4GB-64GB-Smartphone-/162612951943
I was eyeing that one up, thanks for the advice!
The Xiaomi VR viewer is a great choice over cardboard in terms of durability and ease of use.
ASUS Zenphone II (just the II) works fairly well and can be had for under $200 new.
What phones do you recommend buying to use the current Augmented Reality feature of the cospaces app, and the upcoming support for MergeCUBE.
Thanks for the question!
At the moment we can recommend the following to view in AR:
Smartphones with Android’s AR Core technology, including the latest Samsung, Google and Xiao mi phones, or with Apple’s AR Kit technology, including the iPhone 6, 7, 8, X and iPad tablets of 2017 and 2018, can be used for AR.
And to be used with the MERGE Cube:
Recent smartphones with the CoSpaces Edu app, including smartphones using iOS 9+ and Android 4.4+ can be used to view AR content on the MERGE Cube.
As this is a very fast-changing market, I’m also copying the link where you can always check the latest information:
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the reply.
I was hoping you had more specific specs because I ran into a couple of snags on this.
For example, the Samsung Galaxy S8 seems to fit your description. It is also listed in in Google’s ARCore Supported Devices list (https://developers.google.com/ar/discover/supported-devices), and Amazon has a good deal on it: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Galaxy-S8-Unlocked-64GB/dp/B06Y14T5YW/ref=sr_1_1?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1531485849&sr=1-1&keywords=galaxy+s8&dpID=417dUvGor3L&preST=SX300_QL70&dpSrc=srch
However, I then found this little note in Google’s site:
“Samsung devices with a model number ending in 0 or 8 are not supported, e.g. SM-G9600.”
Then, looking for this information in the Amazon site for the Galaxy S8 above, I saw this:
So, after all, that model seems not be compatible.
Something similar happened with the Huawei P20 Lite. It comes in three models: ANE-LX1, ANE-LX2, ANE-LX2J, AND ANE-LX3. All models come with Android 8.0. BUT, the ANE-LX2 models does not have a gyroscope (even though the ANE-LX2J does)
So, I hope you can see why I was asking.
I think Xiaomi VR is the a good device!