Google releases Tango app for Android ahead of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro's launch

Google releases Tango app for Android ahead of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro's launch
Ahead of the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro's launch, Google has published the free Tango app on the Play Store. In case you haven't heard of Tango or forgotten what it's about, this is a neat spacial detection technology by Google that makes augmented reality tricks possible. It relies on a set of specially optimized cameras to capture a virtual map of your surroundings and realistically position imaginary objects around them, as seen through the display of your smartphone. The Phab 2 Pro, which will be released next month, will be the first consumer device to support the technology. But Google decided to release the Tango app earlier, possibly to have the time to improve it for the Phab 2 Pro's launch.

Anyhow, the Tango app, which is compatible only with Project Tango devices, acts as a hub for specialized content. It will help users launch their favorite AR experiences and discover new ones. The screenshots hint towards some interesting stuff, such as virtual works of art placed inside your living room, and a 3D alien planet experience. Things certainly look promising! Alas, no other devices using Project Tango tech have been announced, other than the upcoming Phab 2 Pro and the developer tablet Google released a while ago. We'll see how the technology evolves in the months after Lenovo's device has been on sale and Google has filled up the Tango app with fresh content.

Download the Tango app for Android



1. AlikMalix unregistered

I thought "tango" was a video calling app? Tango, Duo, Allo - its like a French dancing class.

2. iSpammer

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

I tought it is related to bango

3. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

It's unfortunate that the Phab 2 Pro, along with having an ugly name, is such an ugly device itself. Hopefully OEMs with design skills better than Lenovo take a shot at producing Tango devices, because I very much interested in this tech.

4. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I plan to buy the Phab 2 Pro. I see it as finally being a replacement for Sony Xperia Z Ultra with much better screen, camera, stereo speakers and added fingerprint scanner. Tango may be fun to try also. And the price is nice at $500.

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