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Top 5 Augmented Reality Apps on Android

Best ways to see through walls on Android

It wasn't long ago that augmented reality (AR) was just a theoretical technology which existed solely on the Enterprise's holodeck.

Now, everyone and their mum has a smartphone capable of finding constellations or locating the nearest restaurant, and then superimposing that data over real-world images via AR.

To make sure you're equipped with the most informative - and fun - superimposing apps around, we scanned the Google Play Store to bring you our Top 5 augmented reality apps on Android.

So, fire up your handset, and prepare to have your perception altered.

Can't tell the Eiffel Tower from the Great Wall of China? Keep mistaking Whistler's Mother for the Mona Lisa? This image recognition tool can identify landmarks, artworks, and even translate foreign languages. Point and tap your way to instant enlightenment.
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8.9
A firm favourite of smartphone-owning stargazers, this interactive map of the cosmos helps you impose some order on the universe. Identify constellations, locate planets, and even track meteor showers. A great way to keep one eye on the heavens.
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8.1
If you've always suspected that there was a troll lurking at the bottom of your garden, prepare to be completely vindicated. This real-time AR MMORPG turns Google Maps into a fantastical realm of monsters and magic, transforming you into the unsung hero of your own neighbourhood.
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7.8
Another app designed to pepper your screen with handy info on the world around you, Layar lets you personalise the way in which your handset responds to GPS and visual data. Select from over 3,000 layers - including pop-up videos - social neworking sites, and Flickr images.
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7.3
One of the most popular AR browsers, this virtual window on the world from Wikitude pulls data from Wikipedia, TripAdvisor, Twitter, and Facebook to populate your viewfinder with helpful information on your surroundings. You can even share your favourite location with other users.
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6.9
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