First Google Tango Phone Now on Sale

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Google's first augmented reality smartphone, the Tango-enabled Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, is now available to buy online for $499.99.

Announced in June, the handset utilizes Project Tango technology to "give apps new augmented reality capabilities," senior product manager Justin Quimby wrote in a blog post.

The Web giant has been working for months with developers to build apps that tap into Tango's capabilities. Tango scans the physical world and maps digital information on top of it, as we saw during a museum demo at this year's MWC.

To check it out, Phab 2 Pro owners can open the Tango app or Google Play store to see Tango-supported apps. Digitally paint on the surfaces of your home with Crayola Color Blaster (video below), customize videos with 3D filters from Spectra, or explore the solar system with Solar Simulator. There's also Domino World, Hot Wheel's Track Builder, and Homestyler Interior Design.

For now, these Tango apps only work on the Phab 2 Pro. But "we see the potential for Tango technologies to be in every smartphone in the future," Quimby said.

"In the same way you wouldn't consider buying a phone today without a camera or GPS, Tango will be a ubiquitous capability to help your phone better understand space and the world around you," he said, tipping more Tango-enabled phones "coming in the new year."

Lenovo's massive Phab 2 Pro comes in gray or gold, with a 6.4-inch pane of curved glass covering a 2,560-by-1,440 display, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 652 processor, and 4,050mAh battery. The unlocked device also sports 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot capable of holding up to 128GB. For more, see PCMag's hands on with the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.

Google, meanwhile, is also working on its Daydream virtual reality platform, which is baked into Android 7 Nougat.

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