Google has finally killed its aspirational augmented project, the Project Tango, as it shifts its focus to the ARCore platform. The brand has confirmed that it will discontinue Project Tango on March 1, 2018.
Google announced this news on Twitter and said, “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.”
For the unintended, Tango is a technology platform developed and authored by Google that uses computer vision to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their position relative to the world around them without using GPS. That means Project Tango-enabled devices enable you to map the surroundings such as living room, the office, or any public spaces in real time using a combination of cameras and sensors to create a 3D representation for the same on your screen.
However, the whole technology was not adopted on a mass level. We saw the only handful of players, or should we say only two, who opted for Project Tango. First one was Lenovo, which introduced Phab 2 Pro with Project Tango, though it was let down with some mediocre specs. Asus brought a more refined version of the Tango with its Zenfone AR that comes loaded with flagship-level specifications along with the sleek and premium look. However, it now makes no sense as the project is already dead.
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Google is now banking heavily on the ARCore, which it recently introduced. Through, the search engine giant is planning to bring the augmented reality to a mass scale, however, the adoption is once again far from reality as of now. We already have AR Stickers that utilizes ARCore, and it is only exclusive to Google Pixel lineup.