Google has announced it’s shutting down Project Tango next year on March 1.
In case you don’t know, Project Tango was the company’s first effort to bring augmented reality to the mainstream, though it never fully took off.
Introduced in 2014, it involved technology that needed special sensors in order to make smartphones and tablets AR-capable. Tango was available in developer kits for experimentation, and even made it to a very small number of devices .
However, much more recently, Google and other companies like Apple have figured out another way to bring augmented reality to smartphones using the sensors they currently have available. In the case of Google, that’s appeared in the form of the ARCore platform, while Apple has its own ARKit. ARCore has in fact just come to the market in the Pixel and Pixel 2 smartphones as simple augmented reality stickers.
Because of that, Project Tango is now redundant. After all, why bother with a technology that needs investment for hardware development when you already have an easy way to mass market AR features? In fact, ever since the new platform was launched, it’s been a given that Google would eventually shut down Tango. Now, the company has officially put it out there that it will not support it after March 1 next year, in favour of continuing development of ARCore.