Qualcomm to partner with Google for Project Tango smartphones

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The red-hot Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 will power Google’s Project Tango smartphones. 

Qualcomm says its Project Tango smartphone development program will arrive this summer, which moves Google’s latest experiment beyond tablets. Presumably, Google is not concerned about the chip's aggressive thermal throttling, or any such issues have been mitigated to Google’s satisfaction. 

Google recently dropped the price of its Project Tango development tablet from $1,024 to $512 and added it to the Google Store for anyone to buy. This gives Google the chance to gain more exposure and potentially generate more feedback about its ability to capture the world around it.

The story behind the story: Project Tango devices are designed to grab 3-D visual data of their surroundings and understand their precise location and orientation in it. Just like Google’s Project ARA, this is one of those experimental Google projects that could bring innovation to the mobile hardware space, or possibly get scrapped if it doesn’t take off.

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