Augmented Reality Sidekick “ARKick” updated to v2.0, bringing a new user interface, improved interaction and more!


The popular award winning augmented reality app for BlackBerry 10 has been updated to v2.0, bringing a list of major changes including a whole new user interface, an updated Engine for better viewing and much more.

Augmented Reality has been a feature which hasn’t really gotten the popularity it deserves to, but that hasn’t stopped the folks over at ReFocus Tech to provide BlackBerry 10 users a refined and excellent experience with Augmented Reality. Using your smartphone camera, you can find places to visit and people to meet based by a number of things including weather, location, time and even trending places near you.

The app features:

  • Easy to use augmented reality experience
  • Sidekick Mode- Personalized recommendations based on our contextual engine
  • Over 200 different categories of places to select from
  • Multiple selection of categories
  • Virtual Location (Experience any place in AR view, without having to go there)
  • Shortcuts to frequently searched categories on home screen
  • Get detailed information about places (Phone no, directions, address, ratings, etc)
  • Get to know the time to reach a place, depending on traffic conditions

The update brings:

  • Improved Sidekick Engine (Better suggestions via more contextual filters)
  • Revamped user interface
  • Home screen shortcuts for frequently used categories and sidekick engine
  • Virtual locations – Experience any place in AR view, without having to go there!
  • Estimation of time to destination
  • More compact info page, showing only necessary information
  • Map now enhanced with a traffic layer
  • Multiple category selection
  • New app icon, in preparation for Blackberry 10.3
  • Optimized for Z10, Z30, Q10, Q5
  • Drastically reduced loading/wait time
  • Reduced file size from 12mb to 6mb

The ReFocus Tech team have been hard at work to give users the native Augmented Reality experience they deserve.  I personally haven’t used an AR app since OS 7 and I can’t emphasise just how much of a joy this app is. However, the app will cost you $2.99/£2.00

The team has even gone to the extent in providing eager users a teaser trailer before you decide to purchase the app.

Download ARKick 2.0 for BlackBerry 10