Google has joined forces with Qualcomm for its next-generation Project Tango smartphone prototype.
While it seemed as if Google had given up on Project Tango phones, with the first prototype making its debut back in February last year, the firm announced during Google I/O on Friday that it is working with Qualcomm on an updated model.
Qualcomm has since confirmed that the partnership will see its Snapdragon 810 chip, currently found inside the HTC One M9 and Sony Xperia Z3+, powering Google’s next-generation Project Tango smartphone development platform.
The firm boasts that its flagship Snapdragon processor will allow for "fast graphics and compute performance while reducing power consumption", along with advanced GPU security and superior camera functionality.
No further details have yet been announced, but much like the orignal Project Tango smartphone, the device will combine the smartphone's camera, gyroscope, and accelerometer to allow users to to create a visual 3D map of their surroundings.
This technology looks to fuel innovation in areas such as indoor navigation, virtual and augmented reality experiences, and real-world 3D gaming.
Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Google, said; "Qualcomm Technologies is pleased to power the next generation Project Tango development device.
"We're excited to work together with Google and Android developers to help deliver new, innovative visual experiences using depth-sensing technology on mobile devices."
Google also announced that its Project Tango tablet, which features Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor under the hood, has gone on sale for $512.
Developers interested in the next Project Tango device can register their interest on the Qualcomm website, with the firm saying that it will be available for purchase in the third quarter, coinciding with the launch of Android M.
Also announced during Google's I/O conference this week, Android M brings with it native fingerprint authentication support, Android Pay and support for USB Type-C.
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