Google to stop Tango, carry on with ARCore

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

Mere weeks after announcing Project Tango was out of beta, Google revealed its software-only augmented reality program, ARCore.

Google is now banking heavily on the ARCore, which it recently introduced. ARCore is smart move for Google considering the reach and implications of its competitor's platform, which is why Google made a decision to shut down Tango come March 1, 2018. It has confirmed that the "Google is continuing AR development with ARCore".

Back in 2014, Project Tango was a new and exciting prospect as it enabled devices to utilise cameras and IR sensors to track and place objects, and was one of the first mobile options to do so.

Despite Lenovo and Asus creating Project Tango devices, the technology never really got very far.

Also helping put that final nail in the coffin was Apple's ARKit, which was made available to developers in early summer then came to consumer devices in September with the release of iOS 11. These pieces of hardware were necessary because Tango was based on having powerful sensors inside the device. Tango peaked in June 2016 when the Lenovo Phab2 Pro was unveiled as the first Project Tango phone. But later the project saw a downgrade with its speed and accuracy issues. Google announced today that it will end the project on March 1, 2018.

Right now ARCore is limited on Pixel devices as well as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. 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. " tweeted Google through Tango's official Twitter account". But we may see more support on other phones in the near future, as ARCore matures.

Google believes ARCore is the future of AR and VR for the company thanks to its implementation.

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

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