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Google is shutting down its ambitious project to reinvent smartphone cameras

Google is shutting down its ambitious project to reinvent smartphone cameras

Apart from support for Tango, there wasn't much to these devices. "As we focus on bringing augmented reality to the entire Android ecosystem with ARCore, we're turning down support of Tango", Google said in a blog post.

Phone Scoop reports that support will wind down through to when the project officially ends on March 1. It means that Tango is being replaced by Google's ARCore, which is based on software unlike the more hardware oriented Tango. We've taken everything we learned from that to build ARCore, which launched in preview earlier this year. Unlike Project Tango, it did not need any new sensors and could be rapidly rolled out to millions of iPhones.

Tango finally came to market in 2016, as the flagship feature in the Lenovo Phab2 Pro smartphone. "Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years".

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So far Google has been testing the waters with ARCore through the release of AR Stickers, which is a mode for the Pixel's cameras that allow users to introduce characters into your camera scenes that can match lighting to look like they're really there, which you check out for yourself in the video above. In addition to its ARkit developer technology, Apple has also claimed that the cameras on the flagship iPhone X are "tuned" for augmented reality.

Tango had a notable pedigree at Google, too: In 2012, it was the first graduate from Google X, the search giant's skunkworks program (now known simply as X).

Project Tango deserves a lot of credit for showcasing just what AR experiences could be like on a mobile device. If you own the Pixel 2 or the Pixel 2 XL, you can give them a try.


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