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Qualcomm working with Google on Project Tango smartphone

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Qualcomm Project Tango phone

Google’s Project Tango tech is about to be scaled down, with Qualcomm having partnered with the search giant to create the first Project Tango smartphone.

Focussed on advancing the world of augmented reality, the Project Tango development platform has been restricted to a single Nvidia tablet since being introduced last year.

Now, however, Qualcomm has confirmed it is helping Google fit the innovative camera tech into a pocketable device that will be available for purchase during the year’s third quarter.

Sadly, these innovative handsets won’t be finding their way on to retailers’ shelves anytime soon. Instead, the Project Tango phone will be exclusively aimed at developers.

Like its tablet sibling, the first Project Tango smartphone will play host to a unique camera, gyroscope and accelerometer package which is able to determine six degrees of freedom motion tracking.

Developers can utilise this data to track the device’s position and movements in 3D space, simultaneously creating a map of the environment.

Ideal for AR uses, this data can then be used the likes of rear-world gaming experiences and indoor navigation.

The smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chip alongside the company’s Adreno 430 GPU.

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Qualcomm Technologies is pleased to power the next generation Project Tango development device,” Raj Talluri, Qualcomm’s Senior Vice President of Product Management said.

He added: “We’re excited to work with Google and Android developers to help deliver new, innovative visual experiences using depth-sensing technology on mobile devices.”

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