Google confirms Project Tango shutdown in 2018 as focus shifts to ARCore

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. 

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.

Via: Liliputing


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).