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CONFIRMED: Google's Project Tango to end on March 1, 2018

CONFIRMED: Google's Project Tango to end on March 1, 2018”

Google is aiming to streamline different devices with the ARCore platform. Products like Wave, the Nexus Q, and Buzz were all relegated to the dustbin of history, and another one is set to join them.

Google is shutting down Tango, the augmented reality platform it launched in 2014. Google's augmented reality aspirations aren't dead, but they're changing. A development tablet powered by the Nvidia Tegra K1 launched several months later, but it came with a whopping $1,024 price tag. Although Tango has been around for years, it never reached mainstream adoption because using its 3D mapping technology required high-tech hardware made specifically to handle it. " tweeted Google through Tango's official Twitter account".

As of now, ARCore is only available on Pixel devices and the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

Still, as sad as this news is for AR enthusiasts, not to mention early adopters and owners of devices, like the Lenovo Phab2 Pro or the Asus Zenfone AR, there is an upside to the story as well. And on a side note, if this new development brings the Asus Zenfone AR's price tumbling down, we could be in for a great hardware deal pretty soon. Both platforms were interesting, but expensive and not viable. Developers had no reason to target Tango devices when there were nearly none of them in the real world.

With the accessibility of ARCore, moving away from Tango makes sense.

Tango is succeeded by ARcore, a Google technology that accomplishes much of the same thing, but will work on a wider array of existing smartphone cameras.

Google has also released the second developer preview of ARCore with improvements to the SDK for developers who are interested in AR. The first ever Tango device was launched a year ago - the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro.



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