Remember Project Tango, the project from Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) Team that’s looking to change how our traditional smartphone works? Google gave out some more details about the project at the Google I/O conference yesterday and looks like LG will be developing the first consumer version of Tango for Google, which is scheduled to release in 2015.
LG has been the hardware partner of Google for the past few years and the last two Nexus devices were manufactured by the same company. So, it’s not surprising to see LG working with Google’s ATAP team to release the first Tango device.
Earlier this month, Google unveiled the Project Tango developer tablet which was made for software developers to take advantage of the high tech hardware on the device. This also meant that Google would no longer sell the first Project Tango 3D smartphone that it announced back in February. So, the developer Tango 3D tablet was probably the next stage of the project. The tablet naturally cost a lot and interested developers have to sign up on a page to get hold of a piece, that is, if they are willing to shell out more than $1,000.
However, we don’t expect the Tango smartphone/tablet from LG, which is reportedly the consumer version of the project to cost this much. But, also don’t expect it to come cheap like the Nexus devices. There’s a lot of difference between the two projects in terms of hardware and software and naturally, Tango smartphone/ tablet will be a hell lot faster and advanced as compared to Nexus.
LG did not reveal whether the first Tango consumer product would be a tablet or a smartphone. As mentioned above, Google revealed a smartphone as well as a tablet as a part of the project and which form factor LG will adhere to for its upcoming Tango device is still not clear. Whatever the case may be, the device would definitely be a lot smarter and faster than other gadgets in the market, so expect some innovative features on the device.
As far as the specs are concerned, expect some high tech stuff. The current generation comes with NVIDIA K1 processor, broad lenses, depth sensors and high resolution cameras along with softwares like Unity engine, Unreal Engine 4, and Qualcomm’s Vuforia platform. The advanced hardware along with the innovative software should make things like augmented reality possible on the device.
Anyways we are sure more details would crop up in the next few months, so stay tuned to the website for more coverage on Google’s Project Tango.
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