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

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

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

Google has announced that it will be "turning down" Tango, its ambitious augmented-reality project for redefining what a smartphone camera can do, in March 2018.

We have seen how impressive Google's machine learning can turn out to be. This development comes nearly three years after Project Tango was first introduced back in 2014. It has confirmed that the "Google is continuing AR development with ARCore". Despite its limitations, Tango's refined hardware makes it faster and more accurate than ARCore.

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Launched previous year, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was the world's first Tango smartphone.

Also helping put that final nail in the coffin was Apple's ARKit, which was made available to developers in early summer then came to consumer devices in September with the release of iOS 11. It is an augmented reality (AR) platform which allows mobile devices to use computer vision to detect their position relative to the world.

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Project Tango wasn't a complete bust though, as many of its innovations were carried over to ARCore. But, Tango soon started falling off the radar due to speed and accuracy issues. It will be succeeded by ARCore, a new AR system by Google that was introduced in August this year. These pieces of hardware were necessary because Tango was based on having powerful sensors inside the device. Moreover, it doesn't require any special hardware. However, ARcore doesn't need a special camera to work, and it's already supported on high-end Android phones like the Google Pixel 2 and Samsung's Galaxy S8. But, Google already has a host of other companies on board like LG, Huawei, ASUS and more. So, with a little luck, we could potentially get an OS-wide implementation to seed throughout the Android realm, at one point or another. Additionally, it also required the regular camera setup. 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.

Google will stop supporting Project Tango, as the company shifts focus to the ARCore development platform.

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