Not too long ago, Google kicked off another project known as the ARCore, and the company has announced that it will be shutting down Project Tango on March 1 2018. Unlike many other ideas, like the oh-so environmentally-friendly Project Ara, at least Tango is getting succeeded by Google's own ARcore. ARCore does not need special sensors to function, and works with current smartphone hardware and cameras, with machine learning taking care of the workload for the most part.
"We're turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018. We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore", the Google Tango team tweeted.
The announcement came on Twitter from the Project Tango account. Project Tango apps included ones that allowed you to superimpose and resize dinosaurs in a real world environment or see how virtual furniture could fit into your home. If you are rocking one of the original Google Pixel devices, or the new second generation ones, the latest Android 8.1 release already has augmented reality stickers up on offer in the camera app. Placing these freely in a three-dimensional space within the viewfinder seems to work surprisingly well already. The platform focuses on three things: motion tracking, environmental understanding, and light estimation, and drops the requirement of specialized hardware. We've taken everything we learned from that to build ARCore, which launched in preview earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Google "ARCore" is now available for developers to experiment with. However ARCore's mission is to bring AR to all phones. These pieces of hardware were necessary because Tango was based on having powerful sensors inside the device.
Project Tango deserves a lot of credit for showcasing just what AR experiences could be like on a mobile device.