Google's Project Tango To Shut Down On 1 March 2018

19 December, 2017, 11:43 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Google shutting down its augmented reality platform Project Tango in favor of ARCore

Today on Twitter Google announced that they have withdrawn support from Project Tango going forward, in favour of ARCore.

Google is now banking heavily on the ARCore, which it recently introduced. This development comes nearly three years after Project Tango was first introduced back in 2014. Unlike many other ideas, like the oh-so environmentally-friendly Project Ara, at least Tango is getting succeeded by Google's own ARcore.

Past year the Lenovo Phab 2 was launched, and while Lenovo launching a new phone wouldn't have raised too many eyebrows, what made the Phab 2 different is that it is the world's first Project Tango smartphone. However, ARCore is different from Project Tango. We already have AR Stickers that utilizes ARCore, and it is only exclusive to Google Pixel lineup. We saw the only handful of players, or should we say only two, who opted for Project Tango. Also, the phones that supported project Tango were pricey due to the required hardware.

With ARCore now progressing quickly, Google feels that it doesn't make sense to carry on supporting Tango.

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As of now, ARCore is only available on Pixel devices and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. But, Google already has a host of other companies on board like LG, Huawei, ASUS and more.

Tango had a notable pedigree at Google, too: In 2012, it was the first graduate from Google X, the search giant's skunkworks program (now known simply as X). So, with a little luck, we could potentially get an OS-wide implementation to seed throughout the Android realm, at one point or another. In addition to its ARkit developer technology, Apple has also claimed that the cameras on the flagship iPhone X are "tuned" for augmented reality.

Now, as Google shifts its focus to ARCore, software becomes the big driver of AR, which means that you can expect to see Augmented Reality show up as a feature on a large number of Android handsets.

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