Motorola looks to pair Moto Z for a dance with Tango

Smartphone maker eyes AR module for 3D mapping, gameplay.

The Moto Z might not have the gotten the same attention as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Google Pixel, but it’s one of the most promising handsets of the year. Especially the more affordable, long-lasting Moto Z Play. The first phone to bring a mature modular concept to market, the Moto Z has loads of potential, and now Motorola is looking to expand on its burgeoning ecosystem of add-ons with a Tango module.

But don’t get your hopes up yet. For one, there’s hasn’t been an official announcement, just a comment from company president Aymar de Lencquesaing saying that the handset is “likely” to gain a Tango module. For another, Google’s augmented reality tech is just as nascent as the Z itself, which could make for a less-than-stellar experience.

However, a Tango module seems like a perfect way to continue development of the platform without needing to push a dedicated device on the market. And if Google could in turn bring the tech to next year’s Pixels, Tango tech could turn out to be the surprise breakout hit of 2017.

Why it matters: There’s no denying that Tango belongs in our phones. Early reviews of the Phab 2 Pro (look for ours soon) suggest that the platform isn’t ready to make you buy a device on its lonesome, but it could excel as an add-on to an existing system, putting things like 3D mapping and virtual shopping at our fingertips.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Motorola

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Michael Simon

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?