Google’s AR plans have changed over the years, from stand-alone Project Tango to modern web-based efforts. But the AR-based Measure app is the subject of today’s eulogy. The app uses your camera on devices supported by ARCore to (as the name suggests) measure the size of things and now withdraws. Google has stopped both support and Measure updates.
Measure launched its life in 2016 as an exclusive app for Tango. (Remember Google’s dead experiment on AR-specific devices, right?) In 2018, after Google dropped that effort, Measure was smashed into its own standalone ARCore-enabled device – ARCore actually removed the need for Project Tango to be something.
In 2018, the application was updated to work on vertical surfaces. In 201
The app worked like magic, allowing you to point your phone’s camera at things, draw some lines on your screen, and get measurements of the dimensions displayed. Unfortunately, the Measure didn’t always work very accurately and had some stability issues, as the reviews on the Play Store list show quite clearly. (Later, Apple made its own version of the concept, which works a little better – probably at least in part thanks to the lidar hardware of some of its phones)
Upstairs: Measure the list of applications if you have not downloaded the application before. Below: The list as seen by those with it in their accounts already.
Earlier today, we noticed that the list of Measure apps has been removed for accounts that didn’t previously have one. For those who have downloaded it at least once before (and who have it in the application library), the list now states:
“This application is no longer supported and will not be updated. Users who have previously installed this application can continue to use it on compatible devices. “
The change log also states that the current version is the “final version”, again stating that no further updates will be provided. Neither disclaimer is on the list of annexes from a few weeks ago.
The application Must continue to work when installed and customers who have it in their accounts can now download it to new devices, but anyone who didn’t have it can no longer download it from the Play Store and any app issues ( quite a few, based on reviews) will not be corrected. Please note that it is still available on our sister site APK Mirror.
The measure is still highlighted as an AR and VR experience on the Google site.
Curiously, Google still emphasizes Measure as a feature of its site for the AR and VR experience, despite this change. We contacted Google for more information on Measure’s retirement, but the company did not respond immediately.
Meanwhile, Google Graveyard has another funeral planned.