Just like the latter was retro-fitted to older Apple hardware, Google is already proving the ARcore can work reliably enough without the need for costly hardware investments - a potentially make or break adoption aspect for any quirky, futuristic tech concept. Today, Google announced that it will no longer support it starting on March 1, 2018. "Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years", the search giant said in a tweet. Moving forward, however, we might see elements of Tango's hardware incorporated into devices running ARCore.
Project Tango first surfaced way back in 2014, with the technology requiring expensive hardware including a dedicated depth-sensing IR camera and motion-tracking sensors to be built into devices alongside their usual cameras. In other words, Apple brought a software solution to augmented reality and its ARkit has metamorphosed iOS into a huge AR platform.
The biggest problem with Tango was speed and accuracy.
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However this does not mean that Google isn't pursuing AR tech anymore. Asus brought a more refined version of the Tango with its Zenfone AR that comes loaded with flagship-level specifications along with the sleek and premium look.
Google is working with manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, LG, ASUS and other major smartphone makers for quality and performance checks. This does not come across as a surprise because Google had already confirmed in August 2017 that they plan on saying goodbye to Tango. So, with a little luck, we could potentially get an OS-wide implementation to seed throughout the Android realm, at one point or another.
Google is now shifting its focus to its mass market product, ARCore, a native support for augmented reality in all Android smartphones. Additionally, it also required the regular camera setup.