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

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Thomas Gibson
May 19, 2016 05:15
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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.

That's because the Project Tango team has pushed the fruits of its labors deep into Android N. Indeed, just about any device running the OS would - with some caveats - have the potential to be a Tango device.

"It lays the groundwork for many, many new devices with those capabilities," Project Tango's Johnny Lee says.

Tango's effectiveness is improving dramatically since the early demonstrations of Unity walk-throughs we saw when the project was first revealed.

What makes such a use of Tango special is that the virtual environment is aware of the physical space in which it's being played: the edge of the stage was mapped to, so in theory apps could prevent you from inadvertently stumbling off, much as HTC's Vive remembers the shape of your virtual reality gaming area and warns you if you're about to step outside of it.

In the background, the work continues on making Tango's perception of the world more accurate and more useful.

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