Google Shutting Down first AR Project Tango by replacing it with ARCore
Google has released newest augmented reality project ARCore by shutting down it’s old Tango project officially on March 1, 2018.
Why Project Tango has been shut down?
Google launched Project Tango in 2014 which faced many difficulties, as it required specific hardware for functioning. Project Tango device should have camera with depth sensor, motion tracking camera and IR projector. Even after addition of extra hardware, Tango’s tracking always had errors.
We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018. Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years. We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore. https://t.co/aYiSUkgyie
— Tango (@projecttango) December 15, 2017
Devices with Project Tango
Only two phones were launched till date with Project Tango platform i.e. Lenovo Phab2Pro and Asus ZenFone AR, which were very expensive and without any good developer support. Also, they were very bulky along with poor battery life.
As per Google, ARCore will work on more than 100 million devices starting with version 1.0. It also have pause and resume functionality, for AR sessions along with improvement in accuracy. It doesn’t require any special hardware like Project Tango. Also, it will work with most of the Android phones releasing in year 2018.
Google is already using the ARCore technology for AR Stickers in Google Pixel phones. Currently, ARCore is supported only on Google Pixel phone and Samsung Galaxy S8 phone.