Google Will Shut Down Project Tango, A New Chapter of AR Development with ARCore

Google Say Goodbye to Project Tango


Google on Tuesday (16/12) has announced that Project Tango will end on March 1, 2018. Google’s support for Project Tango will end for updates and new features to be embedded.

Around 2014, Google has officially founded Project Tango, a project focused on developing Argument Reality (AR) technology made for mobile devices. And the termination of Google support for the project does not mean the giant stopped working on AR.

Project Tango was developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division. The idea behind Tango was to put the most advanced computer vision and AR algorithms in mobile devices and enable those devices to “see” the world around us as we do.

But this project termination was not the end of AR technology development. Google will shift focus to ARCore, another AR system that focuses more on software, not hardware like Tango.

Google does not specify any reasons specifically why company ended support for Project Tango. But the biggest possibility is that ARCore is a new platform and requires a lot of improvements. For that, Google feels the need to focus on ARCore, and close Tango. Google has also shuts down Project Tango’s website.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>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.

Termination of Project Tango will certainly leave a disappointment for vendors and consumers who have purchased devices with AR technology. Call it some devices that bring the features of Project Tango Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and also Zenfone AR. Moreover, these smartphones are priced at a fairly high price. For developers who have worked with Google through Project Tango over the last few years, they will get offers to engage in ARCore’s work.


What Is Dead May Never Die

Project Tango may be closed due to losing to other AR hardware products. For example the ARKit product from Apple that has been successful to bring the software solution for AR devices and also has changed the IOS operating system into an extraordinary AR platform. This is because Project Tango requires a special sensor that is planted on the smartphone. Project Tango is also considered a feature that failed to become a trend in the development of mobile technology today. But the development of AR from Google does not stop with the end of Project Tango.

ARCore will continue Google’s ambition to make breakthroughs in AR technology. The ARCore feature is expected to be available on more Android devices. Because ARCore is focused on software, so the manufacturer of the phone should be easier in implementing this AR feature on the phone. Through the development of new ARCore, Google seems to want to bring AR technology more realistic.

ARCore still will not work with any phone, but it will have a broader reach than Tango. ARCore has also been started by Google on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices. ARCore is easier to develop that is by using Augmented Reality sticker which is also combined with camera feature. Some of the ones Google has released such as AR Stranger Things sticker and Star Wars.

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