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While AR is said to be the next big thing in the technology space, Google is now reportedly shutting down its ambitious Augmented Reality (AR) platform "Tango" built specifically for smartphones. ATAP, Google's advanced technology and projects lab, developed Tango but it was soon succeeded by ARCore. "We're turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018". It has confirmed that the "Google is continuing AR development with ARCore".

Google is aiming to streamline different devices with the ARCore platform. First one was Lenovo, which introduced Phab 2 Pro with Project Tango, though it was let down with some mediocre specs.

Also helping put that final nail in the coffin was Apple's ARKit, which was made available to developers in early summer then came to consumer devices in September with the release of iOS 11.

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Back in 2014 Google launched Project Tango, a program which would see special depth-sensing sensors added to the back of phones and tablets to make them aware of their surroundings. Tango peaked in June 2016 when the Lenovo Phab2 Pro was unveiled as the first Project Tango phone. Also, the phones that supported project Tango were pricey due to the required hardware.

However this does not mean that Google isn't pursuing AR tech anymore. We saw the only handful of players, or should we say only two, who opted for Project Tango. The second-gen Pixel smartphones have already got some AR Stickers that are powered by ARCore. " tweeted Google through Tango's official Twitter account". In the near future, the platform is expected to receive an OS-wide implementation. That's all in addition to the regular camera hardware. ARCore doesn't suffer from the same setbacks as it works with existing hardware, making it a much more viable mass market option to focus on.

Google will stop supporting Project Tango, as the company shifts focus to the ARCore development platform.


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