The announcement of ARCore for Android was seen as Google’s response to Apple’s AR efforts. Yet, the company has actually been working on AR for quite a while now, with another initiative called Project Tango. Google even launched a few devices running Project Tango by partnering with Lenovo and Asus. But it seems Project Tango’s time is up, and ARCore takes center stage. The company will be “turning down support” for Project Tango from March 1st next year. Google only managed to get only two smartphone companies on board – Lenovo and Asus – to support its Project Tango platform.
Google says it wants to “continue” the journey with ARCore. So, it’s unclear whether the existing Project Tango devices will support ARCore or not. Of course, that depends on whether they get the Android Oreo update. ArCore is currently features on Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones.
Albeit Tango has been in existence since 2014, the move makes sense too, since ARCore can potentially reach more users, being a core part of Android Oreo. Google could effectively ensure that every new Android phone comes with AR support out of the box, subject to meeting its minimum requirements.