Google is officially shutting down its smartphone AR platform Tango
Google is officially shutting down its smartphone AR platform Tango
Google shuts down Project Tango and focuses its energies on the more more scaleable ARCore platform
19 December, 2017, 11:43
Google has finally killed its aspirational augmented project, the Project Tango, as it shifts its focus to the ARCore platform.
Tango is succeeded by ARcore, a Google technology that accomplishes much of the same thing, but will work on a wider array of existing smartphone cameras. However, since it never gained popularity, Google has confirmed that it will be ending its Project Tango on March 1. Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years. "We look forward to continuing the journey with you on AR Core", the firm added. That means Project Tango-enabled devices enable you to map the surroundings such as living room, the office, or any public spaces in real time using a combination of cameras and sensors to create a 3D representation for the same on your screen. Only 2 phones namely the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and Asus ZenFone AR were released for the public.
Tango has been around in some capacity or another since 2014, but the number of AR apps on its devices are limited.
Project Tango wasn't a complete bust though, as many of its innovations were carried over to ARCore.
Well, the requirement of specialized hardware is one of the reasons why Project Tango wasn't adopted as widely as it should have been. Google announced today that it will end the project on March 1, 2018. The new platform has already rolled out to the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones. But, Google already has a host of other companies on board like LG, Huawei, ASUS and more. But we may see more support on other phones in the near future, as ARCore matures. Motion tracking and depth sensing cameras were also placed om back.
But even though Tango is objectively a better system than ARCore, the new augmented reality program will be able to bring AR to more devices.
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