Today Huawei announced its cooperation with Wikitude, the creators of the world’s first mobile augmented reality (AR) browser. Huawei’s Sonic and IDEOS X3 devices, which have been recently launched in the Indian market, will have Wikitude loaded in it. The all new Wikitude World Browser for Android is fully optimized for the Sonic and IDEOS X3 handsets and offers a direct view of reality in an “enhanced” way. It displays information about the users’ surroundings through the smartphone’s camera, enabling them to see the reality with additional computer generated content on top of it.
Check out the video below to see the IDEOS X3 handset.
Confirming the news, Mr. Anand Narang, Marketing Director at Huawei Devices said, “We are extremely pleased to partner with Wikitude for this innovative application. The Wikitude World Browser will allow our users to discover what’s around them in a completely new manner. Huawei who is known for its innovation always aims to provide the best combination of good design and superb user experience to its mobile users. We look forward for a positive response from our valuable users for the newly launched smartphones Sonic and IDEOS X3 which has many other exciting applications like Wikitude loaded in it.”
Wikitude features more than 2,000 AR content experiences. These aggregated content datasets add up to more than 150 million points of interest (POIs) like sights, restaurants, mobile coupons, coffee shops and WiFi hotspots around the globe. Wikitude also allows the users to customize the home screen according to individual’s lifestyle and preferences. Wikitude currently offers more than 2 million POIs in India. Some of the content in India includes: Twitter (geo referenced tweets), Flickr, Instagram, Panoramio and Youtube (geo referenced pictures and videos), Foursquare Venues, Google Local, Wikipedia articles, hotels.com, booking.com and more.
“It is absolutely phenomenal that we were able to engage with Huawei on optimizing Wikitude for a smartphone with cloud services” said Andy Gstoll, Wikitude’s CMO. “Huawei’s lifestyle oriented devices in combination with Wikitude make Augmented Reality possible without any compromises.” He further added, “due to Huawei’s very competitively priced handsets, Augmented Reality is now available to a much wider audience than ever before.”