It is said that it takes two to tango, but Project Tango is being dismissed from the dance floor thanks to Google announcing that it is pulling the plug on support for the 3D, depth-sensing camera system on March 1, 2018. While it is sad news for owners of the Asus Zenfone AR and Lenovo Phab 2 Pro handsets, it doesn’t mean that Google has given up on AR.
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. https://t.co/aYiSUkgyie
— Tango (@projecttango) December 15, 2017
Google launched AR Stickers last week for Pixel owners, allowing us to place animated characters into a picture. For the moment, the AR Stickers include characters from Star Wars and Stranger Things, along with animated items such as donuts, birthday cakes, and even bottles of champagne, all thanks to the new ARCore technology. Because ARCore is software based and not hardware based like Project Tango is, it means that it will be compatible with a wider selection of phones that won’t need specialist hardware. This means that armed with just a regular smartphone camera and positional tracking software, the user can create augmented realities on their phone without the need for multiple cameras or sensors.
ARCore doesn’t need fancy hardware so it can succeed where Project Tango failed because it’s cheaper to implement. So it’s sad news for the 54 owners of the Asus Zenfone AR and Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro smartphones, but great news for the rest of us, and proof that sometimes it just doesn’t pay to be an early adopter of Google’s new technologies.