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Intel acquiring Movidius – may be their “in” for Android over Qualcomm

Intel acquiring Movidius – may be their “in” for Android over Qualcomm

This week begins with an acquisition of Movidius by Intel, the sort of acquisition that might go unnoticed by the average user. What's important about this acquisition is Movidius' work with drone obstacle avoidance sensors for DJI, heat sensor technology with FLIR, deep learning with a variety of companies - and, perhaps most importantly, the brains (the chip) that makes Google's Project Tango possible. Now Intel has announced that they're acquiring Movidius, and big things are happening behind the scenes.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

When Lenovo unveiled the first consumer Tango-enabled smartphone, the PHAB2 Pro, it was somewhat curious that the OEM went with a Snapdragon 625 instead of the highest end 820. Although we'll probably never really find out why, Qualcomm reveals that it has, in fact, made specific tweaks to make the SD652 work perfectly with Tango. Now it has done the same for the Snapdragon 820, its current flagship, and promises it will also be the case for future generations of the 600 and 800 chip series, opening the doors for more devices to dance their way to augmented reality as well.

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Android HTC Nexus phone detailed in leak

Android HTC Nexus phone detailed in leak

The next Google Nexus smartphone has been leaked, somewhat, in the form of a set of specifications. These specs show an HTC-made device with modest abilities - not what we'd expect from the hero of the collection. This device would more than likely replace the Nexus 5X, the smaller of the two smartphones in Google's stores. It'd be the most basic of the devices you could purchase direct from Google.

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Lenovo PHAB2 Pro (Tango) first impressions and hands-on video

Lenovo PHAB2 Pro (Tango) first impressions and hands-on video

The first Google Tango phone for consumers has been revealed - Lenovo PHAB2 Pro - and today we're having our first hands-on experience. This device is very similar to the other two models of the PHAB2 being revealed by Lenovo this week, both with 6.4-inch displays and relatively similar bodies - but here we've got 2K resolution (2560 x 1440) and an aluminum alloy around the edges and back of the phone. Then there's the array of cameras and sensors around the back. So many sensors and cameras.

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Lenovo Tango phone “PHAB2 Pro” release date and details

Lenovo Tango phone “PHAB2 Pro” release date and details

With the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro, the company becomes the first to detail a consumer-aimed Google Tango smartphone. This is the technology we've been demoing and hypothesizing about for months - even years - now come to a device that, fingers crossed, will be released in September of 2016. This device's implementation of Tango technology allows it to use motion tracking, depth perception, and area learning to know not only what it can see, but where it is in 3D space at any given time.

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Gung-ho on Project Tango, Google bakes it into Android N

Gung-ho on Project Tango, Google bakes it into Android N

Google's Project Tango isn't just a big focus as the skunkworks team aims to map the world, it's a full-fledged component of Android N. The company isn't spilling the beans on Lenovo's upcoming Tango smartphone - details on that will have to wait until Lenovo's own event on June 9 - but it is talking about how it has paved the way for a whole range of Tango-capable devices in future.

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A new Nexus 7 Android tablet to beat your iPad

A new Nexus 7 Android tablet to beat your iPad

While the prospect of creating a piece of hardware that'd supplant the since-the-beginning biggest tablet ever iPad, Google's next device might be able to do the trick. Google is currently placing itself in a position in which it becomes more singular. The Google Play suite of apps has adopted a more visually standard look. Google's Play return program has become more active in the recent past. But what's that got to do with a tablet? Could Google finally be making a play for the space they've never dominated with a device that's just as powerful as the opposition? If the past couple generations of Nexus device are any indication, Google's in a prime position to finally make the real anti-iPad.

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Google Tango HMD: smartphones’ next step

Google Tango HMD: smartphones’ next step

What Apple did for smartphones, Google will soon be doing for headsets. What you're about to see was born, in part, in the development of Google Glass. It's wearable, but it exists in the virtual realm. Google has begun development of a headset that will be able to map the world around you as you walk through the world. With this headset, you'll enter a second reality, cultivated in Google Cardboard, developed in Project Tango.

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Why Google’s Project Tango is a total game changer

Why Google’s Project Tango is a total game changer

Lenovo announces a Lenovo Tango device, using Google Tango software and cameras that understand space and motion to create a next-gen phone. Today we're going to have a peek at a variety of ways in which Google's Project Tango is both mind-blowing and revolutionary. Inside this software and hardware combo, you'll see how your smart device (smartphone or tablet) will soon allow you to map your whole world, from the inside to the outside. From there, the fun begins.

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Intel’s Google Tango phone released for sale

Intel’s Google Tango phone released for sale

Intel has decided that this week, amid the masses of information being released on all manner of CES 2016 devices, they'd release a phone too. This device isn't just any phone, of course, it's a developer-aimed device - which means they aren't aiming to sell them in droves, by any means. Instead, Intel's device is meant to be sold to developers who will then use the capabilities of the device to create their own unique applications for the near future, complete with Google Tango action.

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Lenovo Google Project Tango team-up date set

Lenovo Google Project Tango team-up date set

As of Q1 2016, Google will have officially teamed up with Lenovo to bring Project Tango to the public. The how and the when of the project will be revealed at the special event, but for now, we're pumped up about CES. There we'll undoubtedly see more of this collaboration, including word on whether or not this means Google will move forward with Project Tango with Windows or whether Lenovo will integrate Tango technology in to one of their Android devices. If so, where does this leave Motorola?

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LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

LG Nexus tipped to break the mold with 3D “Tango” camera

The next Nexus smartphone has been tipped this week with a 3D camera akin to Google's Project Tango device line. Two Nexus smartphones have been tipped to be released this year, both with Android M under the hood. One, a relatively normal Nexus device with low cost and a vanilla edition of Android, made by Huawei. The other, an LG-made Nexus device with a 3D camera - not as cheap, but still running the next version of Android nonetheless. The LG-made smartphone won't necessarily be called "Nexus" - it might be released on completely different terms.

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