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Google to shut down Project Tango AR platform

18 Décembre 2017

Recently Google Technology Company announced its new augmented reality project, ARCore which got everyone excited. In the most recent version of the augmented reality technology, Google has managed to add support for the devices to allow it to see in 3D.

Project Tango looks like it will be breathing its last with two flagships continuing the legacy. So instead, Google is shifting priority to ARCore, the new augmented reality platform for Android that launched this summer. This was succeeded by the Project Tango Tablet Development Kit, which initially had a price tag of $1024 and was only available to developers who applications were accepted but a year later was reduced to $512 and sales were opened up to all developers just prior to Google I/O 2015.

In the framework of this project there have been several devices, including commercial (Phab Lenovo 2 Pro and ASUS ZenFone AR). On this occasion it might be justified for a hardware-based project to give way to a software-based one given how the AR scene is dominated by hardware that Google is unlikely to want to compete with.

"We stop supporting Tango March 1, 2018".

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Introduced in August previous year; ARCore comes with the tools that make AR apps for mobiles using the Android operating system. This next-gen AR technology is already available on Google's Pixel smartphones and Samsung's Galaxy S8. Google designed ARCore to run on regular (albeit higher-end) Android smartphones running Nougat or later. Like Apple's ARKit, ARCore accomplishes much of what Project Tango could do, but without the reliance on expensive, customized hardware.

REUTERS/Stephen LamMario Queiroz, Vice President of Product Management at Google, speaks about the Pixel 2 phone during a launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S. October 4, 2017. "With a combination of the movement of these points and readings from the phone's inertial sensors, ARCore determines both the position and orientation of the phone as it moves through space", Google explains.

However, the company is targeting a winter release of ARCore v. 1.0, which it says will support over 100 million devices, followed by an expected flood of augmented reality apps in the Google Play store.

Last week, Google rolled out the Android 8.1 for Pixel and Pixel 2 phones with which comes the support for ARcore support as well.

Google to shut down Project Tango AR platform