June 6, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
Android KitKat 4.4.3 has been released for the Nexus 5 and many more Nexus devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement that OmniROM nightlies are now based on Android 4.4.3 and Google announced a new Project Tango tablet! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for OK Google for 3rd Party Launchers. Then, Jordan talked about Portal and Half-Life 2 on the Nvidia Shield. Finally, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Gallery Plus. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
June 5, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We haven’t heard all that much about Google’s Project Tango since was first announced back in February of this year. Aside from a demo of Tango in action and early Tango smartphone dev kits making their way to developers, not much has happened in the Tango world. But today this changes, as Google has just unveiled the official Project Tango Tablet development kit.
Let’s first get the bad news out of the way. The developer kit will run $1024, which although being a nice power of 2, is not quite so nice on a would-be Tango developer’s wallet. But for all of this money, is it worth it?
Developers looking to develop for the Tango platform have quite a lot to work with in the new Tango Tablet Development Kit. For starters, it’s powered by the speedy Nvidia Tegra K1 processor that we talked about earlier this year. This is backed by 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, but that’s not the best part. The meat and potatos of this dev kit is its motion tracking camera with integrated depth sensing. Naturally, it also features WiFi, BTLE, and 4G LTE connectivity.
As can be alluded by the price and limited availability, these dev kits are meant for use by professional developers who are interested in being on the forefront of mobile 3D sensing. You can learn more by heading over to the Project Tango website and signing up for dev kit info.
Are you interested in Kinect-like motion and 3D space sensing capabilities in mobile devices? What kind of applications do you see using such a technology in the future? Do you view this as being the foundation for the next killer app or game? Sound off in the comments below!
March 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
The Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA update for the Korean Variants of the LG Optimus G Pro is now rolling out! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this weekend. Included in this weekend’s news is the announcement that a system dump for the new Android Wear is available and Google Project Tango dev kits are heading to developers! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the exciting news coming out of Google with Android Wear and whether it will be open source and the announcement that XDA is adding forums for the US Samsung Galaxy S 5 and the LG G2! Pull up a chair and check out this and other XDA Developer TV videos, like when AdamOutler tears apart the Omate TrueSmart.
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March 21, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Last month, the Google ATAP team announced Project Tango. The Kinect-like Tango, which comes from the same team responsible for Project Ara, aims to bring sensor-based 3D environmental mapping to your smartphone. Ultimately, this means that rather than simply knowing its position in abstract space, a Tango-based mobile device will also know its position relative to its environment. Then a few days after Tango’s unveiling, we saw an early preview that showed off its data acquisition capabilities. Now, select developers are finally starting to receive their Tango dev kits.
So what is life like through the eyes of Tango? Makezine’s Omar Soubra offers a look courtesy of his early dev kit.
As one would expect from 3D scanning technology, Tango seems to do best with nearby objects. Objects farther away tend to suffer from data drift, which also varies due to other factors such as sensor temperature, lighting conditions, number of passes, and more. And as can be seen in the video below, the temporal resolution of the current generation prototype is quite low.
While the initial results are a bit of a mixed bag, let’s not be too judgmental just yet. After all, this is just an initial prototype device, and things are sure to better by the time Tango-based devices reach consumer hands.
Are you looking forward to Tango technology in your future smartphone? Let us know in the comments below!
Just yesterday, we talked a little about Google ATAP’s team and their latest endeavor, the Kinect-like Project Tango. Now, thanks to the fine folks over at TechCrunch, we have our first glimpse of a prototype in action. READ ON »
February 20, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
When Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 Billion at the end of last month, many were worried about what this would mean for the future of the team behind Motorola’s modular smartphone project code named Ara. Then one week ago, the ATAP team announced that it would be moving from Motorola to Google. This naturally lead to speculation regarding whether the ATAP team had anything else cooking in their secret ovens. The answer is now here: Google Project Tango.
In its current form, Project Tango is a working prototype of a 5″ smartphone featuring custom hardware and software that is able to, in their words, “track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment.” Then through this custom hardware and environment mapping, the device is able to make over a quarter-million measurements per second, allowing its position and orientation to be updated in real-time. In other words, rather than simply knowing its acceleration and orientation like what is possible with gyroscope and accelerometer sensors in current smartphones, Tango also creates a virtual 3D map of its environment and relative position. The current development prototype (obviously) runs Android, and it includes development APIs capable of delivering position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android apps, as well as the Unity 3D Game Engine.
So what can something like this mean? The possibilities are both far reaching and extremely exciting. For example, rather than simply being able to navigate to a particular destination using GPS, these APIs (along with robust mapping data) could allow shoppers to find exactly what they are looking for in large stores. Similarly, such technology could also be used to help the visually-impaired navigate through unfamiliar areas, or it can even be used as the core technology behind an entirely new genre of augmented reality game, adding greater depth and possibilities than what’s currently possible in games such as Ingress.
But if you stand back and think about what makes all of this possible, Project Tango isn’t truly anything new from a technological standpoint. After all, Microsoft’s Kinect platform uses similar technologies to map objects in 3D space. However, this is the first mobile implementation of this sort. Rather, it’s about implementation and what it can mean for developers in the future. As such, the ATAP team is currently looking for developers to create killer apps for the platform.
Starting in the middle of next month, the ATAP team will disseminate 200 prototype dev kits to developers looking to create innovative applications built atop Project Tango’s core APIs. Developers looking to get in on the Project Tango Dev Kit, head over to the Project Tango page and submit your killer app idea. Who knows, you may get lucky and create an augmented reality version of Flappy Bird.
What are your thoughts on Tango? Is this the future of augmented reality, or is this just Google’s way of reducing our level of privacy further? Let us know in the comments below.