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Google's Project Tango is dead, long live ARCore

AR Stickers on Pixel is powered by the new Google ARCore tech. (Source: Google)
AR Stickers on Pixel is powered by the new Google ARCore tech. (Source: Google)
Google has announced that it is leaving Project Tango behind for its new ARCore technology. Similar to Apple's ARKit, Google's ARCore will power software-driven AR experiences on Android smartphones.

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Google has announced that it has abandoned Project Tango, its ill-fated experiment to bring augmented reality through specialized hardware to smartphones. Only a handful of devices ever shipped with the technology and none were especially successful. Instead, the company says it has taken everything it has learned from Project Tango on the software side and rolled into ARCore, its software-based response to Apple’s ARKit.

Now in Developer Preview 2, ARCore is the same tech that powers the new AR Stickers feature that launched earlier this week on the Google Pixel camera. AR Stickers lets users add interactive AR characters and emojis directly into photos as well as video to help bring them to life. The new ARCore SDK is also compatible with Google’s existing Java, Unity and Unreal SDKs, making it easy for developers to release AR enhanced versions of existing titles.

Apple’s ARKit functions in a similar way and allowed developers to quickly bring to market a whole new range of AR enhanced games to the App Store. With both Android and iOS platforms already reaching an extensive market, the opportunity to tap into the new experiences it offers is one developers won’t be wanting to overlook. When ARCore v1.0 launches on Android “in the coming months,” Google says it will have support for over 100 million devices running more recent versions of Android.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-12-17 (Update: 2017-12-17)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture.