Google and Qualcomm announced today at I/O that they are partnering to bring Project Tango’s 3D camera technology to a reference device with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 inside. While it is great news that Google hasn’t forgotten about Project Tango, the bad news is that the reference phone will apparently only be available to Project Tango developers and device manufacturers.
The phone will use the Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm. The reference device will be available for purchase sometime in the third quarter of 2015 for developers but no price tag was revealed. Interested parties can sign up at Qualcomm’s website to find out more information when the phone is available. Considering the initial Project Tango tablet was quite expensive, I would expect the same from this device. Earlier this week, Google finally made theProject Tango 7-inch tablet, with an NVIDIA chip inside available to anyone with $512, with the warning that it is primarily a developer device. Google simultaneously announced a Project Tango app contest. If you or someone you know is an app developer, the Project Tango contest offers cash prizes for innovative apps.
Hopefully we won’t have to wait another full year before we hear more about Project Tango and the 3D camera technology in general. It should be interesting to see what apps come out of the development contest. This is certainly another emerging technology to be excited about coming out of I/O this year!
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