Google finally pulls the plug from Project Tango

Google shutting down its augmented reality platform Project Tango in favor of ARCore

Project Tango was Google's initial effort to bring augmented reality to smartphones before it unveiled ARCore.

Google will likely take what it learned from Tango and use that knowledge to improve ARCore, which is still in beta. Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years. Google says developers building for ARCore will have an audience of around 100 million when the final version is released in a few months. Although Tango has been in existence since 2014, it never managed to get the mass adoption support because it required a dedicated hardware to work in the first place. Google's AR boss, Clay Bavor was reported by Tech Crunch as saying, "Our goal with Tango was really to prove out the core technology and show the world that it's possible".

Project Tango wasn't a complete bust though, as many of its innovations were carried over to ARCore.

One key reason the company might have made this move is the advancements within the hardware. We already have AR Stickers that utilizes ARCore, and it is only exclusive to Google Pixel lineup. But, Tango soon started falling off the radar due to speed and accuracy issues.

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Tango was envisioned as an AR platform that allowed mobile devices to "see" their surroundings in 3D.

As of now, ARCore is only available on Pixel devices and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. While the latter might not be almost as precise in its spacial mapping capabilities as Tango, the online giant naturally sees more potential in this approach, over the heavily hardware-reliant Tango.

Even Apple's ARKit focuses on the future of AR and VR, and other company's decision to support ARCore means that more smartphone makers want to make use of the technology in its upcoming phones. In the near future, the platform is expected to receive an OS-wide implementation.

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