Google's Tango Will Shut Down On March 1

19 December, 2017, 11:44 | Author: Myrtle Cook
  • Google shutting down its augmented reality platform Project Tango in favor of ARCore

Google has finally killed its aspirational augmented project, the Project Tango, as it shifts its focus to the ARCore platform.

Google is now banking heavily on the ARCore, which it recently introduced. Today, Google announced that it will no longer support it starting on March 1, 2018.

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"Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years", the company said in a tweet. It has confirmed that the "Google is continuing AR development with ARCore".

Project Tango first surfaced way back in 2014, with the technology requiring expensive hardware including a dedicated depth-sensing IR camera and motion-tracking sensors to be built into devices alongside their usual cameras. Also, when we talk about Project Tango, some of the names that come to our mind are Lenovo Phab2 Pro and ASUS ZenFone AR. Earlier this year, the Asus ZenFone AR launched with support for Tango and Google's VR platform Daydream. Few companies actually understand this better, in practice, on a grand scheme than Google - an innovator, startup adopter and visionary for many breakthroughs, but also a cold executioner for many others. So, with a little luck, we could potentially get an OS-wide implementation to seed throughout the Android realm, at one point or another. We already have AR Stickers that utilizes ARCore, and it is only exclusive to Google Pixel lineup. That's all in addition to the regular camera hardware. Machine learning, something that Google showed off in the new Pixel 2 devices, is used to accomplish the same tracking that Tango required hardware for, which gives ARCore a leg up. While the latter might not be almost as precise in its spacial mapping capabilities as Tango, the online giant naturally sees more potential in this approach, over the heavily hardware-reliant Tango.

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