Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Google is officially shutting down Tango AR after three years

Google is officially shutting down Tango AR after three years

And that's a wrap - Google has officially pulled the shutters down on its Project Tango program, the initiative launched in 2014 for giving phones a better idea of their location in 3D space and providing augmented reality (AR) overlays through a smartphone's scanner.

The reason behind Google dropping support for Project Tango is ARCore.

At three years, a massive project like Tango does seem short lived.

"As we focus on bringing augmented reality to the entire Android ecosystem with ARCore, we're turning down support of Tango". Apart from support for Tango, there wasn't much to these devices. The company was still showing off the technology this spring, both at its own developers' conference and Mobile World Congress. Representatives said in May that Google's vision was to see Tango in every smartphone and BMW announced a partnership with Tango at the beginning of the year.

Pre-schoolers brawl over 'Baby Jesus' during Nativity pageant
But Teegan runs off with the baby again and is chased by Mary who puts her in a headlock when she refuses to give him back. That is, until Mary decides she is having none of it and tries to grab poor Jesus back from the sheep - a tussle ensues.

The arrival of ARCore was pretty much the writing on the wall for Project Tango. "We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore", a Google spokeswoman told ZDNet. Later it came with the Lenovo Phab Pro and Asus Zenfone AR.

Well, the requirement of specialized hardware is one of the reasons why Project Tango wasn't adopted as widely as it should have been.

Google has also released the second developer preview of ARCore with improvements to the SDK for developers who are interested in AR.

Just like the latter was retro-fitted to older Apple hardware, Google is already proving the ARcore can work reliably enough without the need for costly hardware investments - a potentially make or break adoption aspect for any quirky, futuristic tech concept. " tweeted Google through Tango's official Twitter account".

Like this: