Google is officially shutting down Tango AR after three years

Google shutting down its augmented reality platform Project Tango in favor of ARCore

Google shuts down Project Tango and focuses its energies on the more more scaleable ARCore platform

Google has today taken down the official Project Tango website, and through its twitter account announced that support is being discontinued on March 1, 2018. But Google definitely doesn't see a point in continuing Tango since it started ARCore.

Still, ARCore's software development kit is very similar to Tango's, so although the latter is getting sunsetted, it will live on its predecessor, albeit in a more versatile way. 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. And on a side note, if this new development brings the Asus Zenfone AR's price tumbling down, we could be in for a great hardware deal pretty soon. (Credit: Tom's Guide) And that was it.

Project Tango first surfaced way back in 2014, with the technology requiring expensive hardware including a dedicated depth-sensing IR camera and motion-tracking sensors to be built into devices alongside their usual cameras. The result, ARKit, let app makers develop augmented reality apps that ran on a whole host of phones.

The problem with the system was that it required special sensors.

If the recently released AR Stickers app is anything to go by, ARCore is already leagues ahead of Tango, and more useful.

When Google officially unleashed it new ARCore to developers in August, it was likely only a matter of time before the tech giant would be waltzing on from Tango. The 7.1 x 3.5 x 0.4-inch Phab 2 Pro, for example, tipped the scales at 9.1 ounces.

"Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years", said Google.

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