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Google announced on Friday that it would cease support for its Tango computer vision and augmented reality initiative on March 1, 2018. The company urges Tango developers to migrate to the more common ARCore framework that does not need specialized hardware and thus can be used with mainstream smartphones. Google kicked off its project Tango in early 2014 with the goal to give mobile devices a human-like computer vision, primarily for the purposes of augmented reality. Tango uses custom hardware (an RGB camera, a motion tracking camera, IR depth sensors, accelerometres, gyroscopes, etc.) to capture what is going on around and then rather powerful compute devices (such as the Movidius Myriad 1 vision processor and additional microcontrollers for sensor hub and timestamp functionality) to process...

Hands On With the New Google Pixel Phones

After Google’s launch event today in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to get my hands on its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. My initial impression is that...

73 by Matt Humrick on 10/5/2016

Google Announces Chromecast Ultra: 4K & HDR for Chromecast

Though the big Google news for today is of course the new lineup of Pixel phones, phones were only a small part of what Google had in store. Alongside...

19 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2016

Google Announces Pixel and Pixel XL Phones: Snapdragon 821, 5" & 5.5" Screens, $649, Preorders Start Today

At an event today in San Francisco, Google unveiled its latest vision for Android smartphones—the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. For this generation, Google nixes the familiar Nexus name...

103 by Ryan Smith & Matt Humrick on 10/4/2016

Live Blog: Made By Google October Phone Event

We're live from Google's October phone event in San Francisco

85 by Matt Humrick on 10/4/2016

HTC Announces Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle

As the holidays approach, OEMs often refresh their device portfolio to make sure that they put their best foot forward as a significant proportion of sales occur towards the...

24 by Joshua Ho on 9/20/2016

The HTC 10 Review

It probably goes without saying right now that HTC has been a troubled company for some time now. With the One M8 we finally saw that they were making...

181 by Joshua Ho on 9/19/2016

Hands On With the LG V20

The LG V20 at this point has been leaked to death, but it’s finally here. LG has been pushing through a fairly tough year, so this phone really could...

46 by Joshua Ho on 9/8/2016

Update: Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note7 Due to Battery Fires, Initiates Exchange Program

Update 09/02, 8:20pm ET: Moving quickly, Samsung has esbtablished a product exchange program for Note7 owners in the US. Samsung is giving owners the option of either replacing the...

46 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2016

Google Cans Project Ara: No Modular Smartphones Incoming

Word comes this week that Google has given up its plans to build modular smartphones with interchangeable parts, having cancelled all ongoing Project Ara efforts. According to reports by...

49 by Anton Shilov on 9/2/2016

Sony Announces Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact

Today at IFA 2016 Sony announced two new phones to flesh out the Xperia X lineup, namely the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. Starting with the Xperia XZ, it...

25 by Joshua Ho on 9/1/2016

HTC Announces One A9s: Helio P10, 5" 720p Display

Today at IFA 2016 HTC is announcing an updated variant of the One A9 called the One A9s. In this case, the update is designed to put the One...

9 by Joshua Ho on 9/1/2016

Qualcomm Details Snapdragon 821: Clocks, Efficiency, and IP

While Qualcomm already announced the Snapdragon 821, with the announcement details were rather sparse. Fortunately, today Qualcomm followed up with more details. Those that followed the announcement might recall...

32 by Joshua Ho on 8/31/2016

Xiaomi Launches Redmi Note 4 in China

While we normally don’t cover China-only smartphone releases, Xiaomi is a fairly major player as far as volume as they were one of the first companies in the industry...

34 by Joshua Ho on 8/25/2016

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 (S820) Review

This year has been difficult for smartphones, which is a bit of a paradox when you consider just how much better things have gotten compared to last year. With...

202 by Joshua Ho on 8/16/2016

Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy Note7

The Galaxy Note line is a staple at this point, a segment that Samsung truly owns as the first mover and has been wildly successful in ways that Samsung...

74 by Joshua Ho on 8/2/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 821: 2.4 GHz Kryo

If you’ve been paying attention to the right places in the past few months it was probably obvious this was coming, but Qualcomm is announcing a higher tier to...

78 by Joshua Ho on 7/11/2016

Asus Announces Zenfone Pegasus 3

As a part of the Zenfone 3 family, Asus has released an entry-level model which vaguely resembles the Zenfone 3 but really has very little to do with the...

19 by Joshua Ho on 6/15/2016

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Console Adds Support for Vudu, HDR and 4Kp60 Content

The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV set-top-box continues to be the most advanced device featuring Google’s TV platform even a year after it was introduced into the market. The credit...

39 by Anton Shilov on 5/18/2016

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