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.

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.


Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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