Google announces Tango will shut down on March 1

Google announces Tango will shut down on March 1

Google announces Tango will shut down on March 1

Google on December 15 has announced that it is shutting its original AR project Tango officially on March 1, 2018. So, to help the developers to narrow down their development process, the company is focusing on a single project to offer much better support for the platform development. The tech giant will cease support of Tango in March 2018, focusing its efforts on ARCore instead. It means that Tango is being replaced by Google's ARCore, which is based on software unlike the more hardware oriented Tango. Apart from support for Tango, there wasn't much to these devices. The project involved equipping smartphones with 3D depth sensing and motion tracking technology so that they could run specially built AR apps. It's set to take on Apple's ARKit, and both the new-age platforms for augmented reality don't require the intensive triple-camera setup that Project Tango relies on to work. We thank the incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years.

Project Tango was launched in 2014 to enable mobile devices to detect their position relative to their world around them without using Global Positioning System.

Still, as sad as this news is for AR enthusiasts, not to mention early adopters and owners of devices, like the Lenovo Phab2 Pro or the Asus Zenfone AR, there is an upside to the story as well.

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The Clear ID SF9500 sensor itself measures just 0.69mm in thickness and does not make smartphones significantly thicker. Overall, it looks like the Synaptics Clear ID technology is very reliable based on Moorhead's experience.

The problem with the system was that it required special sensors. " tweeted Google through Tango's official Twitter account. We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore", a Google spokeswoman told ZDNet.

Project Tango deserves a lot of credit for showcasing just what AR experiences could be like on a mobile device.

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