Google is officially shutting down its smartphone AR platform Tango

Google is officially shutting down its smartphone AR platform Tango

The support team at Google has announced that they will be shifting their focus away from the platform known as Project Tango, and will be working more with ARCore.

Google tried to promote Tango as the way of the future, but it was bogged down by the fact that multiple cameras were required to perform its magic.

According to Tech Crunch, Google Tango will cease to exist from March 1, 2018, onwards.

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"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.

"Project Tango" was first introduced in 2014.

Previous year the Lenovo Phab 2 was launched, and while Lenovo launching a new phone wouldn't have raised too many eyebrows, what made the Phab 2 different is that it is the world's first Project Tango smartphone.

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Apple has already unveiled its "ARKit" platform focusing on AR applications, to allow developers to build apps that could place virtual content on top of real-world scenes. Tango did this by introducing additional cameras and hardware for improved positional tracking at scale. The new AR platform has been rolled out to Google Pixel and Samsung S8 which run on Android 7.0 Nougat and above.

The biggest problem with Tango was speed and accuracy. 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. So, with a little luck, we could potentially get an OS-wide implementation to seed throughout the Android realm, at one point or another. But we may see more support on other phones in the near future, as ARCore matures. Today, the company has released an official statement on it on Tango's Twitter handle.

But even though Tango is objectively a better system than ARCore, the new augmented reality program will be able to bring AR to more devices.

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