Lenovo smartphone tackles home remodeling as a market

Lenovo will sell an advanced smartphone in September with depth- and motion-tracking cameras that could make remodeling a home much easier. The $499 phone, called the Phab2 Pro, highlights the challenge Android smartphone makers have in differentiating their products from rivals using Google’s Android operating system as well as Apple’s iPhones. Lenovo, which bought smartphone maker Motorola in 2014 from Google, is now making smartphones under the Moto name and its own brand. Lenovo’s device uses technology from Google called Tango that allows users to map out and measure areas of their home using the phone’s cameras. They can see a 3-D version of their room on the phone’s screen and add virtual furniture to see how it looks.


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