These are basically the same conclusions I’ve drawn over the past couple days and shared with subscribers. Despite the insecurities of fanboys on both sides, ARKit and ARCore seem pretty comparable overall.
It’s refreshing to see technical blogging that’s fair to all sides, and thus actually accurate. The statements made also match up completely with my limited understanding of AR and hardware product development. I recommend reading the entire article to see what I mean.
I did a little digging yesterday, and there doesn’t seem to be much to ARCore’s Nougat API requirement. Android device support probably boils down to Google’s dedication to validation, and not really hardware or fragmentation.
I’ve also been writing on AR and hardware for subscribers, so check that out if you're interested.