Google is killing off Project Tango, come March 2018

Google shutting down its augmented reality platform Project Tango in favor of ARCore

Google shutting down its augmented reality platform Project Tango in favor of ARCore

Google has announced that it will be "turning down" Tango, its ambitious augmented-reality project for redefining what a smartphone camera can do, in March 2018.

Google will likely take what it learned from Tango and use that knowledge to improve ARCore, which is still in beta. A tweet from the official Project Tango Twitter handle, on Friday, announced that support for Project Tango will be "turned down" starting March 1, 2018. "We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore".

First launched in 2014, Tango (formerly Project Tango) was a design for a camera that could actually detect depth and motion, opening up all kinds of new applications. Only 2 phones namely the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Asus ZenFone AR were released for the public. The discontinuation of the research project will make way for ARCore as Google's augmented reality platform of choice. Unlike Project Tango, it did not need any new sensors and could be rapidly rolled out to millions of iPhones.

Well, the requirement of specialized hardware is one of the reasons why Project Tango wasn't adopted as widely as it should have been. The first ever Tango device was launched previous year - the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro. However, this doesn't mark the end of AR for Google. We saw the only handful of players, or should we say only two, who opted for Project Tango. But, that will soon reach to other companies too because, Google already has a host of other companies on board like LG, Huawei, ASUS and more. 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. "ARCore" is scalable across the Android ecosystem as it doesn't require any additional hardware.

Google will stop supporting Project Tango, as the company shifts focus to the ARCore development platform.

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