The Music Stops for Google's Project Tango

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The information could be used for navigation, mapping, and also augmented reality. The company was still showing off the technology this spring, both at its own developers' conference and Mobile World Congress. Representatives said in May that Google's vision was to see Tango in every smartphone and BMW announced a partnership with Tango at the beginning of the year.

Enter stage left Apple with ARKit, which somewhat like humans, simply uses a camera feed and artificial intelligence to create a 3D map of an area.

Google pronounced Project Tango's death sentence via a tweet, where they stated that they would drop support for the program on 1 March, 2018.

The company mentioned in a blog, "We've been working on augmented reality since 2014, with our earliest investments in Project Tango".

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Google is shutting the doors on Project Tango, it's four-year old AR (Augmented Reality) platform, as it focuses its energies on the faster, more scalable ARCore platform. ARCore does not need special sensors to function, and works with current smartphone hardware and cameras, with machine learning taking care of the workload for the most part. It was because of this, the lack software beyond some tech demos, plus only two compatible devices - the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and the Asus ZenFone AR - that help facilitate Tango's demise. We thank the 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".

The Tango platform was dedicated to bringing AR to smartphones.

The news of Tango's demise comes at the same time as Google releases developer preview 2 for ARCore.

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