Published: Tue, December 19, 2017
Research | By Clarence Powell

Google shuts down AR platform Tango

Google shuts down AR platform Tango

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. This was a very ambitious project that Google had, and even smartphone manufacturers like Lenovo and ASUS had released smartphones with Tango support. Instead it's more like Project Tango represents Google's first attempt at AR, and now that they're moving on to their next project, which is ARCore, which apparently will be more accessible compared to Tango and is expected to find its way onto phones made by the likes of Samsung, LG, Huawei, ASUS, and more.

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.

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

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Project Tango utilised a combination of hardware and software to create AR-compatible environments with depth perception and area learning. It will be succeeded by ARCore, a new AR system by Google that was introduced in August this year. But, Tango soon started falling off the radar due to speed and accuracy issues. Few companies actually understand this better, in practice, on a grand scheme than Google - an innovator, startup adopter and visionary for many breakthroughs, but also a cold executioner for many others.

Google believes ARCore is the future of AR and VR for the company thanks to its implementation. " tweeted Google through Tango's official Twitter account". ARCore, which will run on many Android phones and doesn't require specific hardware components, has made these two phones redundant.

Now, as Google shifts its focus to ARCore, software becomes the big driver of AR, which means that you can expect to see Augmented Reality show up as a feature on a large number of Android handsets.

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