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Google's augmented reality (AR) platform - Project Tango - which was announced back in February 2014, is going to be shut down.

Just like the latter was retro-fitted to older Apple hardware, Google is already proving the ARcore can work reliably enough without the need for costly hardware investments - a potentially make or break adoption aspect for any quirky, futuristic tech concept.

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.

Since the time Google had launched ARCore, it was speculated that the search giant may kill the Project Tango initiative. Some of the smartphones managed to deploy Tango - like the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and ASUS Zenfone AR - but to limited success.


Bottom line, Google's current AR roadmap appears to be aimed at the greater community good. "Obviously, others have started to invest in smartphone AR, our goal with Tango has always been to drive that capability into as many devices as possible".

The brand has confirmed that it will discontinue Project Tango on March 1, 2018.

One key reason the company might have made this move is the advancements within the hardware. It will support the Pixels (of course), but also phones from Samsung, Huawei, LG, and others. In the near future, the platform is expected to receive an OS-wide implementation. Machine learning, something that Google showed off in the new Pixel 2 devices, is used to accomplish the same tracking that Tango required hardware for, which gives ARCore a leg up.

Now that Google has shifted its focus on ARCore, we expect many more Android devices to support augmented reality next year. In addition to its ARkit developer technology, Apple has also claimed that the cameras on the flagship iPhone X are "tuned" for augmented reality.


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