As the tech world progresses day-by-day with cool AR and VR technologies, Google has decided to shut down their ‘Project Tango’ which was the company’s first step in augmented-reality. Tango was dependent on an array of cameras and IR sensors, to display virtual objects.
Because Project Tango required special hardware and sensors, the size and the price of the compatible devices were significantly high- just one more reason for the project to be unsuccessful. Google recently announced through Project Tango’s official Twitter account that the project will shut down on March 1st.
Tango on Twitter:
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
The first device launched with Tango was ‘The Peanut Phone’ back in 2014. Then came ‘The Yellowstone 7-inch Tablet, which was also launched in the same year. And then only two additional devices were launched with Tango, the Lenovo Phab2 Pro in 2016, and Asus Zenfone AR in January of 2017.
The main reason for this shut-down is the development of ARCore. ARCore has many advantages over Project Tango. For instance, it doesn’t require special hardware and can be used on devices with current specifications. It also achieves this through machine learning, which is much better and more productive.
For those who still don’t know, ARCore Stickers are only available on Pixel XL, Pixel, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Google is still working with other OEMs to bring this to other phones. You can see our hands-on with ARCore stickers here.
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