Google and Lenovo Joined Hands to Develop Smartphone using Project Tango Sensory Awareness Technology

Google and Lenovo Joined Hands to Develop Smartphone using Project Tango Sensory Awareness Technology

Good news for those interested in new technologies and smartphones coming up, as Lenovo has joined hands with Google to use its sensory awareness technology platform, Project Tango, to develop new smartphone. Lenovo is having plans to launch its new smartphone in partnership with Google by the mid of 2016. Lenovo said at a press event during CES that the phone would be no larger than a 6.5-inch handset, cost under $500, and use a Qualcomm processor.

Though, the company has yet not named the handset, it has been reported that the sensor and cameras needed for Project Tango to work will be placed vertically in the top third of the back of the phone. In February 2014, Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group announced the launch of the project which was designed specifically to track the 3D motion of the device, while at the same time creating a map of the surrounding environment. Google kept a firm hold of the ATAP group when it sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.9 billion in 2014.

Johnny Lee, Project Tango Lead at Google, said the new smartphone will turn out to be a magic window into the physical world by enabling it to perceive space and motion that goes beyond the boundaries of a touch screen with the intervention of Project Tango. “By working with Lenovo, we'll be able to make Project Tango more accessible to users and developers all over the world to both enjoy and create new experiences that blends the virtual and real world”.

By using Project tango technology, Google has already developed tablets that ran on Android and used an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 4 GB of memory and 128 GB of storage capacity. Along with standard mobile sensors such as a gyroscope and accelerometer, the device also used a motion tracking camera and infrared sensor. Google and Lenovo has launched an app incubator program, where developers can submit app ideas that use Tango, and selected apps will be funded, pre-installed, and featured on the device. Dillon Ye, Lenovo Asia-Pacific Mobile Business vice president, said Moto will be the sub-brand to focus on the mainstream and performance side, and Vibe will be the sub-brand to focus on entry and mainstream.