Google ends Tango support to fully focus on ARCore

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 17, 2017

Google has officially stated that it would shut down its augmented reality platform Tango on March 1, 2018. Unlike Project Tango, it did not need any new sensors and could be rapidly rolled out to millions of iPhones.

According to TechCrunch, Tango support will cease on March 1, 2018. The company was still showing off the technology this spring, both at its own developers' conference and Mobile World Congress. Representatives said in May that Google's vision was to see Tango in every smartphone and BMW announced a partnership with Tango at the beginning of the year.

"We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore", it added.

With ARCore now progressing quickly, Google feels that it doesn't make sense to carry on supporting Tango.

Aside from the announcement on Twitter, Google has also taken down the Project Tango website, and it made the reason it's taking this move perfectly clear in a blog post. But, Tango had some issues with speed and accuracy. The second-gen Pixel smartphones have already got some AR Stickers that are powered by ARCore. Tango did this by introducing additional cameras and hardware for improved positional tracking at scale. The software development tools mean that AR apps can work on a wider variety of Android devices instead of the limited and comparatively bulky Project Tango phones. It was rather telling that Google never believed in the platform enough to put it in a Nexus or Pixel device. Later it came with the Lenovo Phab Pro and Asus Zenfone AR. And on a side note, if this new development brings the Asus Zenfone AR's price tumbling down, we could be in for a great hardware deal pretty soon.

While Project Tango requires specialized hardware in a smartphone like special cameras and sensors, ARCore doesn't need any of that, as it relies exclusively on software.

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