Google first unveiled Tango also known as Project Tango in 2014. It is an augmented reality (AR) platform which allows mobile devices to use computer vision to detect their position relative to the world. With the help of Tango, developers were able to make various AR apps like indoor navigation3D mapping, AR Games, and much more.
Today, the company tweeted that it will be officially shutting down support for the AR platform Tango from March 1, 2018. This was a very ambitious project that Google had, and even smartphone manufacturers like Lenovo and ASUS had released smartphones with Tango support. However, this doesn’t mark the end of AR for Google. The company will now be focusing on a new software development kit (SDK) by the name of ARCore, which as per Google will be bringing the AR experience closer to Android users.
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
The Google ARCore is a new platform for AR development which is designed to help developers build augmented reality apps for various devices without the requirement of specialised hardware. The SDK for ARCore is now available for developers to experiment with. The new platform has already rolled out to the Google Pixel and the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphones.
Recently, Apple also unveiled its ARKit platform, allowing developers to build AR apps for the iPhones.