As if no one saw this coming, Google has announced on the project’s Twitter account that Project Tango, the company’s previous AR platform before it introduced ARCore, will be shutting down. It’ll no longer be supported by Google and operations will come to a halt starting March 1, 2018.
We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018. Thank you to our 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. https://t.co/aYiSUkgyie
— Tango (@projecttango) December 15, 2017
Considering ARCore requires just the hardware on your phone rather a full-on set of dedicated sensors to make it work, it makes sense to see Project Tango fade away. It proved hard to bring the augmented reality experience with Tango to the mainstream what with the lackluster introductions of the Lenovo Phab2 Pro and Asus ZenFone AR. I reviewed both phones and they each, unsurprisingly, didn’t impress me that much. AR is cool and all, but now that I only need my phone’s main camera and some fancy software to recreate the same experience, I’m no longer interested.
Still, it’s always sad to see something go. Pour one out, folks. The future of AR is here, even if it means killing off some projects along the way.