When it comes to the smartphone wars, especially between Google (News - Alert) and Apple, the battles are still just getting started. One way in which Google is fighting those battles is by working in conjunction with Qualcomm in order to use its Snapdragon 810 processor in the next generation Project Tango smartphones put out by Google. Among other features, these Project Tango phones take advantage of the camera, gyroscope, and accelerometer to estimate six degrees of freedom motion tracking. This particular feature allows developers to track the 3D motion of a device while also mapping its environment.
There are a number of real life uses this kind of thing can have including 3D gaming, indoor navigation and virtual and augmented reality experiences. The development platform that is Project Tango will be available for purchase starting in the third quarter of this year. So where does the Qualcomm Snapdragon come in? The Snapdragon 810 is made to deliver the most advanced connected mobile computing experience whether talking about video, imaging and graphics.
Because of this, the processor is ideal when talking about programs that take advantage and need complex 3D mapping. "Qualcomm (News - Alert) Technologies is pleased to power the next generation Project Tango development device," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies in a recent statement. "We're excited to work together with Google and Android (News - Alert) developers to help deliver new, innovative visual experiences using depth-sensing technology on mobile devices."
Not only will developers be able to take advantage of the power that the Snapdragon brings but they will also be able to utilize tools that come from the Qualcomm Developer Network. This network allows them to use features such as access to the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP thanks to the Hexagon SDK and the Qualcomm Vuforia mobile vision platform.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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