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

Google has announced that its augmented reality Project Tango platform will be discontinued on March 1st, 2018.

Google is now banking heavily on the ARCore, which it recently introduced. 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", the company said in a tweet. "We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore".

Google's ambitious Project Tango has officially been given the boot in favor of the much more advanced ARCore.

Still, as sad as this news is for AR enthusiasts, not to mention early adopters and owners of devices, like the Lenovo Phab2 Pro or the Asus Zenfone AR, there is an upside to the story as well.

Back in 2014 Google launched Project Tango, a program which would see special depth-sensing sensors added to the back of phones and tablets to make them aware of their surroundings.

Project Tango wasn't a complete bust though, as many of its innovations were carried over to ARCore. But later the project saw a downgrade with its speed and accuracy issues. However, this doesn't mark the end of AR for Google. The second-gen Pixel smartphones have already got some AR Stickers that are powered by ARCore. 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. While the latter might not be almost as precise in its spacial mapping capabilities as Tango, the online giant naturally sees more potential in this approach, over the heavily hardware-reliant Tango.

"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. In addition to its ARkit developer technology, Apple has also claimed that the cameras on the flagship iPhone X are "tuned" for augmented reality.

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