Indeed, the company's old AR platform will be no longer be a reality - augmented or otherwise - on March 1.
If the recently released AR Stickers app is anything to go by, ARCore is already leagues ahead of Tango, and more useful. So, to help the developers to narrow down their development process, the company is focusing on a single project to offer much better support for the platform development. Tango came out in 2014 it was Google's first ever attempt on augmented reality, the required special cameras and sensors to accurately map 3D areas are making the phones very expensive. It means that Tango is being replaced by Google's ARCore, which is based on software unlike the more hardware oriented Tango. Tango did this by introducing additional cameras and hardware for improved positional tracking at scale.
"We're turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018".
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The announcement is seen as a bid to focus on a new software development kit (SDK) called "ARCore" that brings the AR experience closer to Android users. "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", the Google Tango team tweeted.
The first Project Tango-built phone, Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro, debuted in 2016. In addition to its ARkit developer technology, Apple has also claimed that the cameras on the flagship iPhone X are "tuned" for augmented reality. We've taken everything we learned from that to build ARCore, which launched in preview earlier this year.
However, the AR Kit can be implemented on a normal smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2, and the Google Pixel 2 XL.