Google to stop Tango, carry on with ARCore

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Google is shutting the doors on Project Tango, it's four-year old AR (Augmented Reality) platform, as it focuses its energies on the faster, more scalable ARCore platform.

"Google is continuing AR development with ARCore, a new platform designed for building augmented reality apps for a broad range of devices without the requirement for specialised hardware". The official support for the Project Tango will come to halt from March 1, 2018.

"We're turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018", said Google in a tweet.

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Google began delving into the world of AR with its 2014 venture Project Tango, or just Tango as of past year, and its AR work has grown quite a bit since then. "Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years". Lenovo also launched a Project Tango-based phone, including a sensor and camera on the rear of the device to track 3D motion. The stickers and applications are already available on The Google Pixel series, making ARCore immediately more accessible to users than Project Tango. While devices that ran on Project Tango were released as recently as previous year, it wasn't quite as successful as ARCore is expected to be.

The problem with the system was that it required special sensors. But Google definitely doesn't see a point in continuing Tango since it started ARCore.

However, the AR Kit can be implemented on a normal smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2, and the Google Pixel 2 XL. The ability of ARCore to function on devices with a single-camera setup makes it a much more attractive proposition for developers and smartphone manufacturers alike.

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