Google's Project Tango Will Shut Down March 1, 2018

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Google has announced that its augmented reality Project Tango platform will be discontinued on March 1st, 2018. "We're turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018".

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So far Google has been testing the waters with ARCore through the release of AR Stickers, which is a mode for the Pixel's cameras that allow users to introduce characters into your camera scenes that can match lighting to look like they're really there, which you check out for yourself in the video above. Despite its limitations, Tango's refined hardware makes it faster and more accurate than ARCore. First one was Lenovo, which introduced Phab 2 Pro with Project Tango, though it was let down with some mediocre specs. Plus, the industry seem to be collectively moving towards a software solution to AR - case and point, Apple's ARkit, which single-handedly transformed iOS into the largest AR platform in existence. We saw the only handful of players, or should we say only two, who opted for Project Tango. However, this doesn't mark the end of AR for Google. 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. Machine learning, something that Google showed off in the new Pixel 2 devices, is used to accomplish the same tracking that Tango required hardware for, which gives ARCore a leg up. ARCore doesn't suffer from the same setbacks as it works with existing hardware, making it a much more viable mass market option to focus on.

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"Google is continuing AR development with ARCore, a new platform designed for building augmented reality apps for a broad range of devices without the requirement for specialized hardware", the company said. Motion tracking and depth sensing cameras were also placed om back.

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