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Qualcomm expands support for Google's Tango AR platform to Snapdragon 820

The chipmaker said Google's AR platform has "the potential of becoming ubiquitous within mobile devices".
Written by Stephanie Condon, Senior Writer on

Declaring that Tango has "the potential of becoming ubiquitous within mobile devices", Qualcomm announced that its Snapdragon 820 processor now supports Google's augmented reality platform. The chipmaker also plans to support Tango on future Snapdragon 600 and 800-series processors.

Qualcomm already supports Tango with its Snapdragon 652 processor, which powers the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, the first Tango-enabled smartphone.

Tango uses a depth-sensing camera array to track the 3D motion of the device, then map out the surrounding environment, and create on-phone augmented reality. Qualcomm boasted that all Snapdragon 600 and 800-series processors are equipped to simultaneously process data from all five Tango-related sensors (a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and three camera sensors), including the depth-sensor camera and a fisheye motion-tracking camera.

Additionally, Snapdragon 600 and 800-series processors include an integrated, global high-frequency clock that allows for accurate and uniform time-stamping of sensor data.

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