Google has announced that Tango, formerly known as Project Tango, will be discontinued on 1 March 2018. The discontinuation of the research project will make way for ARCore as Google’s augmented reality platform of choice.
Tango was envisioned as an AR platform that allowed mobile devices to “see” their surroundings in 3D. Cameras and sensors track the dimensions of a room, which in turn provided a tool to display virtual objects in the real world. Some of the smartphones managed to deploy Tango – like the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and ASUS Zenfone AR – but to limited success.
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 biggest problem with Tango was speed and accuracy. Objects and the environment did not sync well, and it took a while before objects on screen look proper through the smartphone screen.
Google will be replacing Tango with the new ARCore platform. The idea is rather similar, although it runs on standard hardware already present in smartphones. Machine learning will take the sensor’s place in determining where content will live in an AR environment.
Right now ARCore is limited on Pixel devices as well as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. But we may see more support on other phones in the near future, as ARCore matures.
(Source: Android Authority)