Google is Killing Project Tango, Here is Everything You Need To Know

In case you missed, Project Tango is an augmented reality project which was Google’s first attempt at making AR a mainstream thing. To get the project going, Google partnered with makers and launched some phone, the first of which was Asus Zenphone AR which came with a massive battery and a huge screen paired with 8 GB of RAM.

Well, after running the project for almost a year, Googles’s tango team announced that they will be shutting down the project Tango.

There is no doubt that Google poured a lot of money into making products in under Tango project, but as Apple did with iPhone X, it is possible to do a good job at AR without adding too many specialized sensors to the phone.

Google shutting down Tango is not that surprising, the search giant already has invested many resources into another Augmented Reality related project called ARCore, because ARCore does not require specialized hardware, chances of it getting better adoption are far better compared to what Tango had. Still, if you are one of the people to buy a phone based on Project Tango, it is a bad news for you.

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World’s First Google Tango Phone Launched In India

Google has been trying to compete with Microsoft in Augmented Reality with the launch of its new AR platform named Project Tango. Computer maker Lenovo partnered up with Google to produce the first Project Tango Phone for market launched, and today, the company launched the phone in India.

The phone will be a Flipkart exclusive, and it will cost Rs 29,990 online.

While Phab 2 is probably not the world’s most compact phone -it’s probably the opposite of that- the phone has some cool features to justify its price. The phone has advanced motion sensors, infrared camera, and a 16-megapixel rear RGB camera to power the augmented reality features built for Google Tango.

Lenovo Phab 2

Apart from the hardware made to support Google Tango, Lenovo has put some beefy specs on the phone too. The front of the phone is dominated by an enormous 6.4-inch QHD IPS Display and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. Powering the phone is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC that has been tweaked to support AR features. The phone has 4 GB of RAM, and it comes with 64 GB of Internal storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB using microSD card.

Tango apps are more resource intensive than standard apps and to keep the phone powered, it comes with 4050mAh battery, which, at lease according to Lenovo, can last for 15 hours. The phone also has Dolby Audio 5.1 capture technology to record 3D audio.

Software wise, Lenovo will ship the phone with Google Android 6.0 marshmallow with Tango apps added.

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Oops, Qualcomm Leaked Next Google Tango Phone By Mistake

asus zenphone vr

Microsoft has started making progress around the augmented reality headset Hololens and Google is trying to do the same with Android Phones.

Recently released Lenovo Phab 2 could not meet the expectations, but The search giant had a hidden bullet left in the gun, until yesterday. Qualcomm, one of the biggest ARM processor manufacturer in the world, just leaked the next Google Tango phones.

It turns out, the next Tango phone will be from Asus, and the name will be Zenphone VR.  As 9To5Google reported, the chip maker got a bit too early on the blog and posted some updates about the upcoming phone’s capabilities. The page has now been taken down, but here are some of the most important details about the upcoming Zenphone VR.

The phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC -the same one used in current Google flagship Pixel – and Adreno 530 GPU which is almost 40% more powerful compared to Snapdragon 810.

Apart from having all necessary imaging sensors to run Google Tango efficiently, the phone will also have support for Google Daydream VR versions of Google Street View, HBO, YouTube and Netflix as well as some games like Need for Speed and Gunjack 2.

After the blog post was published, VentureBeat’s Evan Blass tweeted with what appears to be the photo of the device.

Now that CES2017 is about to start, when Asus announces the device, there will be a lot less to be surprised about.

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