Google is Bidding Farewell to Project Tango to Focus on its More Pragmatic Approach, the ARCore

December 18, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

One would have barely thought of Google’s Tango Project running into a deadlock had it been a couple of years back. Back when it was introduced, Tango was one of Google’s ambitious projects to incorporate the capabilities in a smartphone device. But with the evolution of AR technology over the period, Tango has been pushed behind in many aspect, now forcing the company to officially bid the farewell to the project.

Google has confirmed that it would shutting down Project Tango through a tweet, in which it has revealed that the support for the project would cease by March next year. Subsequently, it will be shifting its focus to the alternate project, ARCore, which was announced during August this year.

The shift seems all logical. Google’s Tango project revolved around high-end hardware, demanding devices to incorporate additional IR sensors to ignite the AR flame in it. This very requirement has confined its availability to high-end devices. Additionally, neither of the top manufacturers were in the list either.

Except for a few dedicated devices from companies like Asus and Lenovo, Google’s Tango failed to make appearance in any of the flagship device from leading manufacturers. This was followed by the roll out of Apple’s AR Kit, which since its introduction has been spearheading the smartphone AR development. It was with this regard that Google embraced the more pragmatic ARCore kit for smartphones, which omitted the requirement for IR sensors.

While Tango relied on creation of 3D meshes for AR applications, ARCore focuses on plane detection using the existing hardware. As a result, it has already started showing up in devices including Pixel 2, where its application is gaining good word of mouth from the users.

With ARCore being functional, it definitely seems fruitless for Google to pursuit with Tango. We had the initial smell of it right during the launch of ARCore, but now, it has just been made official by Google.

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