We thank the incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years. ARCore is Android's equivalent to Apple ARKit, a baked-in augmented reality platform, which made an appearance into developer kits and a few consumer devices previous year. Although Tango has been around for years, it never reached mainstream adoption because using its 3D mapping technology required high-tech hardware made specifically to handle it.
"As we focus on bringing augmented reality to the entire Android ecosystem with ARCore, we're turning down support of Tango". Google said it expects to launch v1.0 in the coming months "with support for over 100 million devices". The tech giant will cease support of Tango in March 2018, focusing its efforts on ARCore instead. Project Tango apps included ones that allowed you to superimpose and resize dinosaurs in a real world environment or see how virtual furniture could fit into your home. The same tweet also announces that the augmented reality journey for Google is set to continue with ARCore, which is the company's latest foray into AR development. ARCore does not need special sensors to function, and works with current smartphone hardware and cameras, with machine learning taking care of the workload for the most part. Another manufacturer that has supported Project Tango is Lenovo, with the Phab 2 Pro large-screen smartphone that was launched in 2016. But Google clearly wants to make those experiences available to more users, which means moving on from Tango. We got a glimpse of just what people will be able to do with ARCore with this week's Android Oreo 8.1 update, which added AR stickers to the Camera app on Google's Pixel phones.