Google’s Project Tango Will Shut Down March 1, 2018

Last year the Lenovo Phab 2 was launched, and while Lenovo launching a new phone wouldn’t have raised too many eyebrows, what made the Phab 2 different is that it is the world’s first Project Tango smartphone. For those unfamiliar, Project Tango is basically Google’s take on augmented reality (AR) technology, and unfortunately it looks like that particular project is coming to an end.

In a tweet by the Project Tango Twitter account (via ArsTechnica), Google has announced that Project Tango will be shutting down on the 1st of March, 2018. “We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018. Thank you to our incredible community of developers who made such progress with Tango over the last three years.”

We’re turning down support for Tango on March 1, 2018. 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. https://t.co/aYiSUkgyie

— Tango (@projecttango) December 15, 2017

However this does not mean that Google isn’t pursuing AR tech anymore. Instead it’s more like Project Tango represents Google’s first attempt at AR, and now that they’re moving on to their next project, which is ARCore, which apparently will be more accessible compared to Tango and is expected to find its way onto phones made by the likes of Samsung, LG, Huawei, ASUS, and more.

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.

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Google Brings Augmented Reality To Existing Android Phones With ARCore

Google today announced the launch of a new software development kit called ARCore. This SDK is going to enable the company to add augmented reality capabilities to existing and future Android smartphones. Interested developers can start experimenting with this software development kit right now.

Google’s mobile AR efforts have been focused on its Project Tango AR initiative over the past few years. ARCore is built on the work that it has done with Tango. ARCore doesn’t require any additional hardware so it can easily scale across the existing Android ecosystem.

ARCore will eventually run on millions of Android devices but starting today, it’s compatible with the Pixel and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 running Android 7.0 Nougat and above. Google is aiming to have ARCore up and running on more than 100 million devices at the end of the preview.

The company is going to work with its Android OEM partners like Huawei, LG, Samsung, ASUS, and others to make this possible while ensuring that quality and performance remain consistent.

ARCore focuses on motion tracking via the phone’s camera. It can determine the position and orientation of the phone as it moves.

It can also detect horizontal surfaces using the same feature points to accurately place AR objects on the floor or on a table. The SDK observes ambient light in the environment and enables developers to light virtual objects in ways that match their surroundings.

ARCore is what’s going to help Google popularize augmented reality by leveraging its massive Android ecosystem. The company will have more to share about ARCore later this year.

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ASUS ZenFone AR Launch Date Might Be June 14


ASUS first unveiled the ZenFone AR handset back at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in January. Not only was it referred to as the world’s first smartphone with a whopping 8GB of RAM, its claim to fame is that it’s one of the very few devices out there that have support for Google’s Project Tango mobile augmented reality technology.

ASUS didn’t confirm at CES 2017 precisely when this handset was going to be released. It confirmed details about the device itself but didn’t really say anything about the pricing and availability.

The ASUS ZenFone AR features a 23 megapixel primary camera with Sony IMX318 sensors coupled with depth sensing and motion tracking cameras. It can leverage Google’s Project Tango technology for a wide variety of augmented reality applications.

The company is now sending out invites for a launch event that going to take place on June 14th. The launch event will be where it finally confirms when the ZenFone AR is going to be announced and how much it’s going to cost.

The ASUS ZenFone AR is likely going to be launched in Taiwan on June 14th. It has already been confirmed that Verizon is going to be carrying this device in the United States. It merits mentioning here that the Verizon-bound variant of the ZenFone AR will only feature 6GB of RAM.

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ASUS ZenFone AR Will Be Coming To The US This July

While Lenovo might have been the first one on the scene to launch a Project Tango-enabled smartphone, it looks like its competitor ASUS wasn’t too far behind as the company announced earlier this year the ZenFone AR. However the question is when will it be available?

The good news is that we now have a more specific time frame to look forward to, thanks to a report from Engadget who spoke to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen. According to Shen, the ASUS ZenFone AR will be launching in Taiwan mid-June and it is expected to find its way to the US either towards the end of June or maybe early July.

This is in line with what we had previously heard which was that the phone was pegged for a release in the summer. Verizon will also be the only carrier (for now) that will be offering the phone upon its release. Unfortunately pricing still remains something of a mystery, but when asked if it could cost more than a Samsung Galaxy S8+, Shen replied that it wouldn’t.

We suppose this leaves the price open for interpretation, but basically it won’t cost more than that, but either way with a late June/early July launch date, we guess we won’t have to wait much longer for the rest of the details.

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Verizon To Sell ASUS ZenFone AR Project Tango Smartphone


It has been confirmed today that Verizon is going to be the first carrier in the United States to sell a Project Tango smartphone. ASUS ZenFone AR, only the second smartphone ever to support Google’s augmented reality platform, is going to be available on Verizon in the United States later this summer.

This was confirmed by the program lead for Project Tango, Johnny Lee, during a VR keynote at the ongoing Google I/O 2017 developers conference. He confirmed that Verizon is going to start selling the ASUS ZenFone AR later this summer.

It’s likely that an unlocked model of the smartphone is going to be offered as well for customers who don’t shy away from paying full price for the device. More details about this will be available in the coming weeks.

The first Project Tango smartphone was the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The ZenFone AR is a bit different. Not only is it smaller than the first Tango smartphone, it also features a Snapdragon 821 processor and a camera array that’s significantly different when compared to the one on the Phab 2 Pro.

The ASUS ZenFone AR also happens to be compatible with Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform. No word as yet on how much it’s going to cost when Verizon releases it later this summer.

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ASUS ZenFone AR Confirmed For Release This Summer

Earlier this year at CES 2017, the folks at ASUS took the wraps off a smartphone in the form of the ASUS ZenFone AR. What made this particular handset interesting is the fact that it is a Project Tango device, which means that Lenovo is no longer the only company making such handsets.

However fast forward to today, the device has yet to be launched and we’re sure some are wondering about it. The good news is that it hasn’t been cancelled and that Google has recently confirmed that the phone will be coming this summer, which means that there is still a little bit of waiting left to do.

For those unfamiliar, Project Tango is Google’s attempt at augmented reality, but it goes beyond just layering virtual objects on top of real world objects, but rather the technology behind it can do all sorts of things such as sense depth and be able to map out a room. In fact Google is bringing AR and Project Tango to the classroom with the launch of Expeditions AR.

Unfortunately in terms of pricing it is not clear as to how much the ASUS ZenFone AR will cost, but we reckon based on its specs which seems like a relatively high-end device, it should be priced as such, but we’ll keep an eye out for the official details if there are any soon.

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