Monday, 23 July, 2018

Google Focuses on ARCore, Announces Death of Tango

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
Grady Vargas | 19 December, 2017, 11:42

Google has announced that Tango, formerly known as Project Tango, will be discontinued on 1 March 2018. ATAP, Google's advanced technology and projects lab, developed Tango but it was soon succeeded by ARCore.

According to TechCrunch, Tango support will cease on March 1, 2018. This development comes nearly three years after Project Tango was first introduced back in 2014. "We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore". It means that Tango is being replaced by Google's ARCore, which is based on software unlike the more hardware oriented Tango. First one was Lenovo, which introduced Phab 2 Pro with Project Tango, though it was let down with some mediocre specs. In other words, Apple brought a software solution to augmented reality and its ARkit has metamorphosed iOS into a huge AR platform.

Project Tango wasn't a complete bust though, as many of its innovations were carried over to ARCore. Moreover, it doesn't require any special hardware. We saw the only handful of players, or should we say only two, who opted for Project Tango.

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Bottom line, Google's current AR roadmap appears to be aimed at the greater community good. It was rather telling that Google never believed in the platform enough to put it in a Nexus or Pixel device. Few companies actually understand this better, in practice, on a grand scheme than Google - an innovator, startup adopter and visionary for many breakthroughs, but also a cold executioner for many others. Today, the company has released an official statement on it on Tango's Twitter handle. Even though ARCore can't see in 3D, it works with the hardware already found on phones. In the near future, the platform is expected to receive an OS-wide implementation.

"Whereas Tango required special hardware, ARCore is a fast, performant, Android-scale SDK that enables high-quality augmented reality across millions of qualified mobile devices", writes Google in a developer blog entry discussing the shutdown of Tango. Motion tracking and depth sensing cameras were also placed om back.

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