Best Augmented Reality Apps 2016



Just like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) technology is becoming more and more familiar to people, and has been widely used now. In this article, the editor recommends 7 of the best augmented reality apps for you, which are of various functions and aim at facilitating your life and entertaining you.


Pokémon Go

Catch Pokémon in the real world with Pokémon Go! You must have heard about this app before since it is popular in many countries around the world—-America, Canada, Italia and so on. It is a free-to-play and location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android devices. In this game, player uses the mobile device’s GPS capability to locate, capture, battle and train Pokémon, which appear on the screen as if it was in the same real-world location as the player. Pokémon Go has not only brought people a lot of fun, but also encouraged people to go outside of the room, and it is one of the most used and profitable apps of 2016.


Star Chart

Star Chart is a free, educational astronomy app. It reveals what planets and stars are in your field of view when you tilt your mobile device toward the sky. It is of accurate AR mode and good connection to the mobile device sensor, and it interprets your location, direction and angle of screen correctly. With all these features, Star Chart is an ideal app for amateur astronomers. Just download it and explore more about the fancy, mysterious and starry sky.


Google Translate

Google Translate isn’t strictly an AR app, but it has one AR feature which is useful for translating—-once you snap a photo of the word, sentence or phrase which you don’t understand, the app will translate it in your photo in real time. Besides, it has a conversation mode which enables two people from different countries to speak to the app and then have their words translated into the other’s language. In this way, the communication barrier between people will be broken effectively. What’s more, the app supports a vast number of languages when connected to Wi-Fi. If you want to get instant translation offline, just download the language packs you may need.


Wikitude World Browser

You’ll find Wikitude World Browser quite useful when you come to a new place, because it allows you to build an AR world filled with details and information about your vicinity. While using your smartphone’s camera, the app will offer you any geographically-relevant information you may need which is from the internet. Additionally, since social networks are included, you can find a friend in your vicinity and mark and share your favorite spots via Facebook, which adds a lot of joy.



Just like Wikitude, Yelp is also a good assistant when you are in an unfamiliar environment. Just point your device’s camera down the street, and you’ll get ratings and other useful data for local businesses in the real time. Besides, it has an easy-to-use interface, so you can get accustomed to it with little effort. The biggest asset of Yelp is the wealth of user-submitted information it holds about the businesses it displays, and the information is rather precise—-even the most obscure bars and hotels generally get a look in.


Snapshot Showroom

Are you searching your mind for a decoration scheme for your house? Well, Snapshot Showroom may help you choose suitable furniture. With this app, you can see what potential furniture may look like in the house. To do this, you just have to take a photo of the room you need to furnish, browse and place assorted furniture from the likes of big-name retailers such as IKEA, Crate&Barrel, Horchow and so forth and then resize and reposition of the furniture. If you need more than one piece of furniture, just try different color combinations to determine which decoration scheme is better. Oh, you can purchase the furniture you are satisfied with within the app if you don’t want waste time searching in the furniture shop.



Layar is designed to bring print content into the digital realm with scanning. Once a print source is scanned, a bottle of soft drink for instance, the app can retrieve its shopping link; if you scan the cover of the magazine you are reading, you may get to watch the video encapsulating the cover shoot. Besides, the app enables you to share the retrieved content via social media such as Facebook, which enables you to share interesting things you’ve just found with your friends. What’s more, the app can browse and set directions to nearby hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and so on, which is akin to Wikitude but not all the same.


The AR technology has changed our life in various ways, and there are still more excellent AR apps besides the above recommendations. Make good use of AR apps, we’ll find the life tends to be more colorful and easier. Just enjoy the pleasure brought by augmented reality technology!

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