Google has announced that it is shutting down the support for Project Tango officially on March 1st, 2018. Google’s first ever attempt on Augmented Reality required special hardware, which includes cameras and sensors, in turn making phones expensive.
Google Tango Shutdown
Google Tango debut was exciting, it basically utilized cameras and IR sensors to track and place objects, but at the downside though, it irked with speed and accuracy issues of the smartphone. Google’s first Tango device was ‘Peanut’ phone was available to partner in 2014, later came Lenovo Phab Pro and ASUS Zenfone AR.
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. https://t.co/aYiSUkgyie
— Tango (@projecttango) December 15, 2017
Well, this move isn’t surprising considering the company is now actively working on software based on ARCore. The ARCore can’t see in 3D, but it is pretty similar to Project Tango, moreover, it works with the hardware already on phones, it doesn’t require any special hardware.
Google has announced ARCore developers preview. Google said to launch ARCore v1.0 with support for over 100 million devices and many ARCre related apps and experiences will be available through Play Store. Well, today’s update brings several technical improvements to the SDK.
ARCore Developers Preview 2 Features;
- A new C API for use with the Android NDK complementing the existing Java, Unity, and Unreal SDKs
- Lets AR apps pause and resume AR session.
- Improved accuracy and runtime efficiency across our anchor, plane finding, and point cloud APIs.