Google and Qualcomm are teaming up to make a Project Tango smartphone, but it won't be released to the public.

Google is still working to bring Project Tango, and its 3D-sensing camera technology, into the light. Today, at a panel during the 2015 Google I/O conference, the company revealed that it is working with Qualcomm to bring Project Tango's camera hardware inside the chipmaker's reference smartphone designs.

That's the good news. The bad news is that, according to Engadget, those reference smartphones will only be made available to Project Tango app developers and device makers. Earlier this week, Google allowed anyone to purchase the previously released Project Tango 7-inch tablet, with an NVIDIA chip inside, without an invite for $512. However, that tablet is still only targeting developers and not the general public.

Tango phone by Qualcomm

Still, this new partnership with Qualcomm shows that Google hasn't forgotten about Project Tango, even though its previously announced plans for launching a consumer tablet with LG have apparently stalled. Hopefully, we won't have to wait another year to get an update on this promising camera technology.

Update: Qualcomm has now issued an official press release about their Project Tango partnership with Google, revealing that the reference smartphone will use the Snapdragon 810 processor. It also states that the reference device will be available for purchase sometime in the third quarter of 2015 for developers but a price tag was not revealed. Interested parties can sign up at Qualcomm's website to receive updates.

Google has also just launched a Project Tango app contest, where developers can win cash prizes for creating innovative apps with the platform

Source: Engadget