Saturday, 26 May, 2018

Google Is Killing its Tango Augmented Reality Platform

Google shutting down its augmented reality platform Project Tango in favor of ARCore Google shuts down Project Tango and focuses its energies on the more more scaleable ARCore platform
Eleanor Moreno | 19 December, 2017, 11:44

As Project Tango is a hardware-reliant approach, smartphones based on Project Tango such as the ASUS ZenFone AR and Lenovo Phab 2 Pro were launched with special sensors to support AR. ARCore is yet another augmented reality platform from Google which was announced back in August this year.

In a tweet by the Project Tango Twitter account (via ArsTechnica), Google has announced that Project Tango will be shutting down on the 1st of March, 2018.

Google first launched "Project Tango" back in 2014. "We look forward to continuing the journey with you on AR Core", the firm added. ARCore does not need special sensors to function, and works with current smartphone hardware and cameras, with machine learning taking care of the workload for the most part. We saw the only handful of players, or should we say only two, who opted for Project Tango. The SDK for ARCore is now available for developers to experiment with. "Obviously, others have started to invest in smartphone AR, our goal with Tango has always been to drive that capability into as many devices as possible". Also, the phones that supported project Tango were pricey due to the required hardware.


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). It will support the Pixels (of course), but also phones from Samsung, Huawei, LG, and others.

The Google ARCore is a new platform for AR development which is created to help developers build augmented reality apps for various devices without the requirement of specialised hardware. So, with a little luck, we could potentially get an OS-wide implementation to seed throughout the Android realm, at one point or another. "ARCore" is scalable across the Android ecosystem as it doesn't require any additional hardware.

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