Google and Lenovo partner for first consumer-ready Project Tango smartphone

At CES 2016, Google and Lenovo have announced plans to team up to create the first consumer-ready smartphone featuring Project Tango tech. Although the smartphone is still in the prototype phase, the image above shows off renderings of what the phone may end up looking like when it's ready for consumers.

And that's not all: to mark the occasion, Google is giving developers the opportunity to submit ideas for gaming and utility apps using Project Tango's augmented reality tech, with Google selecting the best ideas and providing funding and engineering support to make them happen. The finished apps will then be featured on the final Lenovo device once it ships.

The submission period is open through February 15, and there are a number of materials Google is requiring developers to submit with their ideas. For the full list, be sure to check out Google's announcement post at the source link below. Selected developers will be contacted by March 15. There's no word on when we can expect the final product from Lenovo to go on sale.

Source: Google

  • As I look at my non-upgradeable Moto X2.....
  • And I look at my never-updated Lenovo tablet...
  • As I look at the PoS Lenovo phone that killed itself..... Soft and sweet Marshmallow
  • You are wrong google is apart of it Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is a Google project. I don't understand what you're suggesting? Lenovo is a hardware partner. Just like Huawei and LG were for the new Nexus phones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I had a Galaxy Nexus back in the day. That didn't get updated as regularly either compared to other Nexus devices.
  • I smell possible upcoming nexus device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep. I'd bet money on Lenovo making the next Nexus device.
  • A shame if that happens. Love the unibody aluminum design of the Huawei Nexus 6P including the unique glass visor. Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • I don't like the front shape of the new Nexus. Too iPhoneish.. I like the LG rounded top and bottom. Posted via Nexus 5
  • Huawei was said to make the next tablet so maybe there will be two Nexi again. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah...I hope the back isn't that horrible rounded shape of the Moto X/Nexus 6 though. It feels nice but is really annoying to use while laying on a desk.
  • Looks to square to me. I like rounded edges etc. Posted via Android Central App
  • And cue in the Nexus rumors. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can't put my finger on it, but the design reminds me of some non-phone tech from the 90's.
  • Tango by Lenovo. Posted via the Android Central App on the Moto X Pure Edition
  • Looks interesting. But I'm still bitter over what happened with Motorola. Soft and sweet Marshmallow
  • Yeah I so agree with you...
  • Get over it.
    Evolution happens.
  • What the hell Google. 2016 is starting off really odd. Glad that the tango phones are starting to come though. Still the nexus, pixel, and Android one device lines. Wonder if that silver program will ever come out or maybe tango replaced it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Android with 77% global market share is doing just fine. 2016 will be the year that fully capable value devices significantly eclipse (obliterate) the market share of the expensive luxury segment. Moreover, most people replace when their device stops functioning. Contract upgrades are being eliminated.
  • It'll be interesting when the tech allows for a room to be scanned in a couple of seconds, from a single vantage point. This is going to take 3-D mapping to a whole other level. As well as the virtual reality aspects. So all this Tango news, what about Ara? Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Google is giving developers the opportunity to submit ideas for gaming and utility apps"
    So basically Google doesn't know what to use this tech for either?
  • Shurly you can't be serious.
  • I don't know why that comment made me think of this Posted via the Android Central App
  • The device will be no less than $2000 and it'll remain beta until Google finally kills off tango 2 years later. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't seen this being positioned as a Nexus device, they may be saying it's consumer ready, but I don't think this will be sold in that way. It'll be more along the lines of how Google Glass is sold. It's a tool, it's something 3d modellers, designers, architects, perhaps medical professionals will use. It's not something you're going to walk into a store and buy. At least that's how I see it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly, glass was what $1500? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seems pretty far off to me. Wake me up when we have something to see and a product that will be released with a price.