How The Google Project Tango Smartphone Actually Works with Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

I am sure most of you have heard about the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, Google’s first Project Tango device. But for those who still don’t understand the deal about Project Tango, this is for you.

Project Tango is a Google platform for giving phones and tablets a sense of space, it wants to help boost augmented reality experiences. In this case, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro has been equipped to use a variety of sensors to detect physical motion and space that will let users interact with their environment. It will use three types of technology for this:

first is motion-tracking – using the phone camera to track the visuals of the environment, the accelerometer and the gyroscope in order to track where you are in a room. 

Second is area learning, where Project Tango will take information it has had in the past and enhance it with other elements such as notes or points of interest in a location. 

Third is depth perception to track how far away surfaces are.

Remember Hololens, Microsoft’s augmented reality device? With Lenovo Phab 2 Pro you can have a Hololens-like mixed reality without spending so much (Just $499). For example, you can use Tango’s ability to check out how furniture would look in your actual home before buying it. Or you could get an estimate of your home’s square footage without actually measuring it.

You could also engage in virtual games where the castle walls are actually located where your home wall is, so walking around virtual objects means you are walking around real-life objects.

According to Google: 
“With a Tango-enabled phone, you also have a toy box, a solar system, and a pet shop in your pocket. You can play with a huge set of dominoes, explore the planets, defend yourself from invading aliens, or feed your virtual dog—all through your phone. The best part is that you don’t have to clean up afterward.”

For all the Tango-ready apps on Google Play Store, go here.

Check out the specifications on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.

Dimensions 179.8 x 88.6 x 10.7mm (7.08 x 3.49 x 0.42″)
Weight 259 grams (9.14 ounces)

Display Type IPS LCD, Touchscreen Screen, Multitouch
Resolution 2560×1440 (3,686,400 pixels)
Density (PPI) 459 PPI
Color Bits (# colors) 16,777,216 Colors 24 Bits
Display Diagonal 6.4″ (16.26 cm)
Screen To Body Ratio

Main camera Phab 2 Pro
Megapixels 16 Megapixel
Other Camera Hardware Features HDR, Phase Detection AF
Camera Software Features Face Detection, Geo Tagging

Secondary camera Phab 2 Pro
Megapixels 8 Megapixel
Video Call Yes

Memory & Storage Phab 2 Pro
Memory Card Type MicroSD (256 GB max)
Built-In Storage 64 GB
Max. Total Storage Capacity 320 GB

Battery Phab 2 Pro
Battery Capacity (mAh) 4050 mAh
Wireless Charging No
Wireless Charging Integrated No

Processor Brand Qualcomm
Processor/Soc Name MSM8976 Snapdragon 652
# CPU Cores 4
CPU Frequency 1.4 GHz

Operating System (OS) Android 6.0

SIM Type Nano SIM
SIM Number 1
LTE Category cat7 301.5 Mbps

Audio Alerts mp3, vibration, wav
Loudspeaker Yes

Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Proximity Sensor

WiFi Support Yes
WiFi Speeds a,b,g,n,ac
WiFi Features WiFi Hotspot, WiFi Direct

Bluetooth Support Version 4.0

USB Support Yes
USB Port Type Micro USB
Proprietary Data Connector No

Multimedia Features
Video Playback Formats h.264, mp4

So, yeah, Google’s Tango is a really big deal and I hope it gets launched in Nigeria, probably in September.
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