Google Tango, the smartphone AR platform will end in 2018
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Google tweeted that Google Tango will be officially shut down on 1st March 2008. This project had persuaded smartphone companies like Asus and Lenovo launch smartphone with Google Tango support. Besides smartphones, thanks to Tango that many developers were successful to make AR apps like navigation3D mapping and AR games like Pokemon Go!

Stopping something like this has been quite a good decision on Google’s part because it wasn’t giving the desired results. On the other hand, the same resources will be used to develop a new software development kit (SDK). It will be known as ARCore – bringing AR experience to Android users.

 

ARCore is a special platform that allows developers to develop augmented reality apps for various reasons like navigation, playing games, etc. The SDK is already available for developers. ARCore is available for Google Pixel as well as Samsung Galaxy S8.

About Google Tango: Tango (formerly known as Project Tango, while in-testing) is an augmented reality computing platform, developed and authored by the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP), a skunkworks division of Google. It uses computer vision to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their positive relative to the world around them without using GPS or other external signals. This allows applications developers to create user experience that include navigation, 3D mapping, physical space measurement, environmental recognisation (According to Wikipedia)

What is your take on Google shutting down Google Tango? Are you happy about it? Also, if you are a developer, I would love to hear your words on the ARCore and your experience with it so far(if you have tested).

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