Google on Saturday declared that it will shut down its Augmented Reality or AR platform Tango, which was introduced in the year 2014 and was built specifically for smartphones from March 1, 2018. This declaration is a bid to focus on a new software development kit or SDK called ARCore that will bring the AR experience closer to Android users. The Google Tango team in its statement on Twitter, thanked their incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years and mentioned that they look forward to continuing the journey with ARCore, a new platform designed for building augmented reality apps for a broader range of devices without the requirement for specialized hardware.
ARCore actually uses computer image to enable mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to detect their position, which is relative to the world around them without using GPS or any other external signals and allow developers to create user experiences including indoor navigation, 3D mapping, physical space measurement, environmental recognition, AR and windows into a virtual world and is now available for developers to experiment with. Google ARCore is also accessible across the Android ecosystem as it does not require any additional hardware.
This new AR platform has been rolled out to Google Pixel and Samsung S8, which usually runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and above platform. Google is now working with manufacturers such as Samsung, Huawei, LG, ASUS and other major smartphone makers for quality and performance checks. ARCore generally, which works with Java/OpenGL, Unity and Unreal technologies, focuses on three features like motion tracking, environmental understanding and light estimation. Recently, Apple also revealed its new platform called ARKit which focuses on AR applications to allow developers to build apps that could place virtual content on top of real-world scenes.