This summer, Verizon will be the only carrier to sell the Asus ZenFone AR, the first phone with both of Google's reality-altering features.
The announcement came during Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference.
For those keeping track, the ZenFone AR is unique because it's the first phone that works with both Google Daydream (for VR) and Tango (for AR). That means you can use it in a headset like the Daydream View for a fully immersive experience, or have it overlay objects and information onto the real world around you using Google's Tango software.
The ZenFone AR offers up a bunch of unique uses. For example, you can view Gap clothes in your size on a digital mannequin (no more fitting rooms?) or you can experiment with different furniture in your living room from Lowe's. There are also apps for YouTube, Netflix and Google Street View.
The ZenFone AR is an important phone because it's the second Tango phone, after the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The ZenFone AR looks much more promising because it's thinner and has much better specs than the Phab 2 Pro. All this bodes well for potential sales, especially to those curious about AR.
The Asus ZenFone AR will also go on sale unlocked through other retailers, and will be compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks.
First published May. 18, 10:37 a.m. PT.
Update, 3:10 p.m.: Adds comments that Verizon will be the exclusive wireless provider and unlocked versions compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile will be sold through other retailers.
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