Google’s Tango 3D imaging and augmented reality (AR) technology has well and truly gone mainstream with the launch of the first ever Tango-enabled smartphone available for consumers to buy – the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. But Motorola will not be left behind in this, as the company’s CEO says that he sees Tango coming over to the Moto Z devices soon.

Motorola CEO Aymar de Lencquesaing spoke at a press event yesterday and said that Tango technology might arrive to the Moto Z family of devices as a Moto Mod. “The tablet folks [at Lenovo] worked with Google, the Tango team, to come out with a Tango phablet,” he said. “Going forward, we’ll have to address as a group how do we reconcile the products that are at the fringe? We’re likely to have a Tango module to basically enable the Z to have Tango functionality.”


Moto Mods are semi-modular accessories that you attach to a Moto Z device to add features and functionality to the device, the mod interfacing with the Moto Z via a proprietary connection prominent at the back of the Moto Z. Available mods right now are some speakers from JBL, a pocket projector, and a Hasselblad camera module that gives more versatility to your phone’s picture-taking capabilities.


Lenovo owns Motorola, so pushing the technology over to the Moto side of things is not a farfetched idea. “Augmented reality on a phone is a technology that’s likely to stick,” de Lencquesaing said. “Of course we’ll follow, or lead, the market in this area.”