Google's Project Tango Aims to Create 3D Alternate Realities
Google today announced Project Tango, an initiative that involves an Android smartphone able to create 3D maps of the world around it. Google is offering adventurous app developers kits that include a 5-inch Android smartphone with a bevy of sensors on board that can track the full 3D motion of the device. The kit includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications. Google wants some of the devices used for projects that explore indoor navigation, mapping, and single/multiplayer games that use physical space. The rest Google hopes will be used by developers who are "bold" and "creative" to write new apps not yet imagined. In order to get one of the 200 test kits, developers need to submit an application with proposal to Google. Google hopes to assign the 200 devices to testers by mid-March.
Project Tango Adds Indoor Positioning Tool
Project Tango, Google's augmented reality platform, gains a new virtual position system that can locate phones indoors. Google envisions it as a helpful tool in retail and similar environments, helping people navigate stores to find items.
Google Says ARCore Will Push Augmented Reality to the Android Masses
Google today introduced ARCore, a software developer kit that will bring augmented reality to existing and future Android smartphones without the special hardware required by Project Tango. Google says it built ARCore on the foundation set by Project Tango, but has tweaked it in a way the will allow most devices to run AR apps and content.
Google Releases 4th Dev Preview of Android N
Google today made Android N Developer Preview 4 available to developers and beta testers. Google says devices that are enrolled in the beta program should be able to update to the newest preview right away.
Android Users Can Now Beta Test Google Maps
Google has rolled out a program that allows people to test beta versions of Google Maps. The betas will be published via the Google Play Store, similar to how Google distributes other a few other beta apps.