Niantic acquired another company to help itself build augmented reality platforms. The company announced that it is acquiring the team that created Lowkey, an app you can use to easily capture and share your gaming moments. While you can use any screen capture app – or even your phone’s built-in feature – to record your games, Lowkey was designed for casual gamers or those who don’t want to waste time editing their videos.
The app can, for example, shoot videos on your computer and sync them to your phone, where you can use its simple editing tools to create short clips optimized for viewing on mobile devices.
You can also share these clips with your friends in the style app Snapchat or publish them for public viewing, for example in TikTok… Niantic did not disclose exactly what the Lowkey team will be doing for their AR games, but said that “the team’s leadership in this area will accelerate the social experience the company creates in its products.”
As a reminder, the creator of Pokémon Go has bought other companies in the past in an effort to create more tools and features for its augmented reality products. In 2017, she acquired social animation startup Evertoon to create a social network for her games.
Last year, it bought a 3D mapping startup 6D.ai to develop augmented reality “planet-wide”, and only in August acquired the LiDAR Scaniverse scanning app to create a 3D map of the world.