Apple’s big WWDC 2016 keynote stole the spotlight on Monday but now that the dust has settled a bit, we can shift focus to something even more exciting. That’s right… Apple’s new iOS 10 software is a huge step forward for the iPhone and iPad, but it doesn’t really pack much in the way of innovative new features. Now, if you want to check out something truly innovative, we’ve got just the thing. More →
Pictured above, The Masonic is an iconic event space in San Francisco that has been home to countless bands and entertainers over the years. But on Thursday, a different kind of show will occupy the well-known space. Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing will take the stage and oversee the unveiling of at least two futuristic new smartphones. One will fall under the Lenovo brand and will among the first Project Tango phones released to the public. The second will mark the next stage in Motorola’s evolution as the fan-favorite Moto X line gives way to all-new Moto Z smartphones.
It promises to be a very exciting show, and you can watch all the action from Lenovo Tech World 2016 live right here. More →
Navigation apps are some of my most frequently used mobile apps. But Google Maps, Apple Maps, and all the other maps apps out there can only do so much: They’ll get you to your destination with high accuracy, as long as you don’t have to find your way somewhere indoors. That’s where things can quickly go sour.
Navigating a crowded shopping mall, finding your loved ones in a museum abroad, or simply locating your favorite toothpaste in a new shop might be problematic and there’s no navigation app to help out. At least not yet.
But Google, whose Google Maps is one of the best outdoors navigation apps you can think of, is working on it. And Lenovo is there to help. More →
A 7-inch Google tablet has been spotted at the FCC, but it isn’t the third-generation Nexus 7 version that some Android fans would like to see in stores. Droid-Life has mentioned the FCC listing for a device identified as the A4R-NX74751, noting the device has a NVIDIA Tegra chip, global LTE roaming and a strange LG-made 2,480mAh. Meanwhile the eagle-eyed folks at TuttoAndroid have figured out what the device is, revealing that the NX74751 is actually the model number of one Google tablet not all Nexus fans will get to play with. More →
Google recently showed off new prototype tablet and smartphone hardware that was part of an intriguing endeavor dubbed “Project Tango.” Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team has been working on the project for more than a year now, and it is focused on creating smartphones and tablets with a complex series of sensors that are capable of using a camera to quickly scan and build a 3D map of the interior of any room. One obvious use case is to create an indoor version of Google Maps Street View, but a third-party developer has put together what may be one of the most incredible mobile apps we have ever seen, and it shows us how useful Tango can be. More →
Google is apparently working on a special tablet that’s going to be far better than regular Nexus-branded Android devices, and said device may be unveiled before the Google I/O developer conference kicks of in late June, The Wall Street Journal has learned. More →
Project Tango is a new Google initiative that aims to bring 3D-sensing to mobile devices. The tech could allow people to use devices for mapping areas around an individual, especially indoors, for navigation, gaming and other purposes. Just like Project Ara, the modular phone developed by Google, Project Tango is still in its infancy, with only a handful of developers having been invited to test it out. Even so, it appears iFixit has gotten its hands on the device in order to put it through its usual teardown paces. More →
After Google confirmed its 3D-sensing Project Tango smartphone the other day, a developer has already used the prototype device to highlight some of its capabilities, TechCrunch reveals. Matterport, which develops “computer vision and perceptual computing solutions like software that maps and creates 3D reconstructions of indoor spaces,” shows in a short video how Project Tango’s two cameras and advanced sensors are able to map indoor environments. More →
Project Tango may just be one of the coolest Google Android phones so far, although the phone will not be available for purchase anytime soon. Google has confirmed the new project coming from its ATAP division – which is short for Advanced Technology and Projects – which has been in development for over a year, and which Google will now share with 200 lucky developers that will get to create new apps to take advantage of its awesome features. More →