Published: Tue, December 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Google Project Tango Support Ends Next Year, Succeeded by ARCore

Google Project Tango Support Ends Next Year, Succeeded by ARCore

Google has announced that it will be "turning down" Tango, its ambitious augmented-reality project for redefining what a smartphone camera can do, in March 2018. ATAP, Google's advanced technology and projects lab, developed Tango but it was soon succeeded by ARCore. A tweet from the official Project Tango Twitter handle, on Friday, announced that support for Project Tango will be "turned down" starting March 1, 2018. Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years. Moving forward, however, we might see elements of Tango's hardware incorporated into devices running ARCore.

First launched in 2014, Tango (formerly Project Tango) was a design for a camera that could actually detect depth and motion, opening up all kinds of new applications. Later it came with the Lenovo Phab Pro and Asus Zenfone AR.

Tango as a platform relied on cameras to create unique user experiences, using the data to detect where users were without needing to rely on Global Positioning System or other signals. The Phab2 Pro was the first smartphone that supported Project Tango, and, the ZenFone AR is the first smartphone that supported both Project Tango and Google Daydream.

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The biggest problem with Tango was speed and accuracy.

Tango was envisioned as an AR platform that allowed mobile devices to "see" their surroundings in 3D. But, Google already has a host of other companies on board like LG, Huawei, ASUS and more. ARCore, which will run on many Android phones and doesn't require specific hardware components, has made these two phones redundant. Additionally, it also required the regular camera setup.

If you are rocking one of the original Google Pixel devices, or the new second generation ones, the latest Android 8.1 release already has augmented reality stickers up on offer in the camera app. Placing these freely in a three-dimensional space within the viewfinder seems to work surprisingly well already.

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