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Google to shut down Tango; shifting focus to ARCore

Google to shut down Tango; shifting focus to ARCore

Google has officially stated that it would shut down its augmented reality platform Tango on March 1, 2018.

Further, it was hard for Google to get phone manufacturers to build this fairly expensive functionality into their products, and it only succeeded in getting the Tango platform running on a few gimmicky devices.

The company mentioned in a blog, "We've been working on augmented reality since 2014, with our earliest investments in Project Tango".

"We're turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018". More advanced Tango applications would actually draw a line in a store aisle in front of you to take you straight to the item you need, or turn your real-life motion into movement in a video game. "Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years". " tweeted Google through Tango's official Twitter account".

The reason behind Google dropping support for Project Tango is ARCore.

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"We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore", it added.

Tango finally came to market in 2016, as the flagship feature in the Lenovo Phab2 Pro smartphone.

The announcement is seen as a bid to focus on a new software development kit (SDK) called "ARCore" that brings the AR experience closer to Android users.

"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 specialised hardware", the company said.

However, the AR Kit can be implemented on a normal smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2, and the Google Pixel 2 XL. ARCore is yet another augmented reality platform from Google which was announced back in August this year.


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