Google Tango will die on March 1st
As the Tech world works towards more forward in the world and tech of Augmented and virtual reality, Tech Giants Google has announced that they would be shutting down their original AR project, Project Tango.
Project Tango launched back in 2014 utilized camera on the device with some unique sensors to display virtual objects. It utilized camera and IR sensors to track and place objects but was flawed with speed and accuracy issues. Even with the release of Tango focused smartphones like the Asus Zenfone AR, the technology never really took off because of lack of Apps and general development. Google’s Advanced technology and project lab, developed Tango but it was succeeded by ARCore.
With ARCore making progress, it was fit to end the Tango. Hence, Google has announced that they would be shutting down the Tango on 1st of March, next year.
We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018. 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 ARCore. https://t.co/aYiSUkgyie
— Tango (@projecttango) December 15, 2017
Google will now focus solely on ARCore which can work with hardware already in the devices even though it can’t see in 3D.
ARCore works solely on the Software and has nothing to do with special cameras or sensors. Machine learning is the whole idea behind ARCore. Also, with the advancements in ARCore google already set to launch special AR apps like the camera stickers on Pixel devices.
As of right now, ARCore only works on Pixel devices and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. But other companies are already on board like ASUS, Huawei, LG and more.