Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google Measure app is available (but glitchy) on even more phones

Google Measure app is available (but glitchy) on even more phones

Google's got its own app with the same name, and the company is now opening it up for use on augmented reality-capable Android smartphones.

The Measure app was previously only compatible with devices that supported Project Tango, Google's now-defunct augmented reality computing platform. It's ideal, for instance, for people who are looking to get new furniture in, but might not have a physical tape measure to hand. "Then drag a length tool or height tool into the scene, and adjust it to the right size". When you first open the app, you have to move the phone around so it can scan the surrounding area.

Version 2.0 of Measure brings the ability to capture "quick, everyday measurements" to many more phones, including dozens of top flagship devices from the Pixel 2 to Samsung's Galaxy S9. Settings houses a "Precision display" overlay that can be disabled depending on whether you want a rounded measurement or the exact figure with a +/- accuracy.

If you have a real tape measure handy, it doesn't make a ton of sense for small measurements, but for larger objects, these AR measuring apps can be genuinely useful.

According to some reviews, the app works better on some phones than others. This video shows how Measure works.

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