Google is officially shutting down Tango AR after three years


"We look forward to continuing the journey with you on ARCore", the Google Tango team tweeted.

Tech giant Google on Saturday announced the shutting down of its high-end smartphone augmented reality platform, Tango. As this has an added advantage over the Tango and in the future, Google AR Core is expected to be a built-in feature on the Android ecosystem.

As ArsTechnica notes, the extra hardware didn't make Tango-devices that much more useful or compelling than a regular device. The trio included a 16MP RGB camera, a snapper for depth perception, and a motion tracking camera. Project Tango apps included ones that allowed you to superimpose and resize dinosaurs in a real world environment or see how virtual furniture could fit into your home. Also, when we talk about Project Tango, some of the names that come to our mind are Lenovo Phab2 Pro and ASUS ZenFone AR. Project Tango, which was introduced in 2014, will be replaced by Google's ARCore.

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

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The arrival of ARCore was pretty much the writing on the wall for Project Tango. The result was a phone that offered AR features and ran AR flavored apps. Moreover, it doesn't require any special hardware.

Google "ARCore" is now now available for developers to experiment with.

This move left Google to abandon the high cost of entry to Android AR with the introduction of ARCore this past August. The 7.1 x 3.5 x 0.4-inch Phab 2 Pro, for example, tipped the scales at 9.1 ounces.

Project Tango deserves a lot of credit for showcasing just what AR experiences could be like on a mobile device. But this doesn't mean that Google is closing the door on AR.