Google Project Tango Support Ends Next Year, Succeeded by ARCore


Little has been heard of Google's augmented reality (AR) platform Tango for quite a few months, and now the final death note has been issued for the technology this week.

Google is now banking heavily on the ARCore, which it recently introduced. "We're turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018". Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years.

Project Tango was announced in 2014, but the only hardware was a bulky developer phone. Later it came with the Lenovo Phab Pro and Asus Zenfone AR.

As Google " s shifts its focus to the ARCore platform, the company has finally admitted that its "Project Tango' never took off.

Project Tango wasn't a complete bust though, as many of its innovations were carried over to ARCore.

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The biggest problem with Tango was speed and accuracy. We already have AR Stickers that utilizes ARCore, and it is only exclusive to Google Pixel lineup.

Tango was envisioned as an AR platform that allowed mobile devices to "see" their surroundings in 3D. Also, the phones that supported project Tango were pricey due to the required hardware.

Right now ARCore is limited on Pixel devices as well as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Today, the company has released an official statement on it on Tango's Twitter handle. So, with a little luck, we could potentially get an OS-wide implementation to seed throughout the Android realm, at one point or another. Motion tracking and depth sensing cameras were also placed om back. ARCore doesn't suffer from the same setbacks as it works with existing hardware, making it a much more viable mass market option to focus on.

"Google is continuing AR development with ARCore, a new platform designed for building augmented reality apps for a broad range of devices without the requirement for specialised hardware", the company said.