What are Google Tango and Daydream Platforms?

Google Tango and DayDream
Google Tango and DayDream


Google announced Google Tango project almost three years back and started working with few OEMs to bring devices. Last year, it announced DayDream VR platform and DayDream VR headset. Tango and DayDream are less talked platforms but these are shaping future of mobile phones. So, I decided to explain Google Tango and DayDream in this new article.

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Google Tango

Google Tango is an augmented reality computing platform that includes set of sensors and computer vision software from Google. This platform enables smartphones to detect their position relative to the world around them.

With this project, Google wants mobile phones to see the world in a way we see it. It means, the phone can understand the environment and its relation with it. It can measure its position in a relative manner to provide augmented reality experiences.

Google’s Project Tango uses three core things: Motion tracking, depth perception, and Area Learning.

Google Tango

First, it uses motion tracking to understand its position and orientation. Ur users few sensors including accelerometer and gyroscope in this processor. Then it examines the shape of the world around it for depth perception. In the last step, it uses area leaning that maps out and remembers the area around it.

“See virtual objects on top of the real world” 

One of the most fun application of Tango in the gaming. With augmented reality apps, we can play games in the real-world. It can also be helpful in mapping a house and lot more things. It can also improve the online shopping experience. You can actually see how furniture will look in your house before buying it. The same kind of thing can be for fashion shopping.

Tango also provides a consistent technology for developers. So developers can work on augmented reality apps for different devices. Augmented reality is still in the early phase and the possibilities we see are just beginning to be explored.

As of now, there are two Tango-enabled devices in the market. Lenovo Phab 2 Pro was the first Google Tango phone and it was launched in India early this year in January. The second phone is Asus Zenfone AR and it is coming to India very soon.

Google Day Dream

Google Day Dream is Google’s platform for virtual reality. You may have tried Google’s cardboard based VR headset and available VR content. But Google wants you to experience VR in a better way with this platform. This platform consists Daydream-ready phones, Daydream-ready headsets, controllers, and Daydream apps.

Google DayDream VR

With Google’s DayDream video headset, you can explore the virtual reality world with so many available apps. Try exploring the world with Google Street view or enjoy movies and videos with YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO. These are also several games including Gunjack 2, LEGO, BrickHeadz, and Need for Speed.

Pixel, Pixel XL Moto Z, ASUS ZenFone AR, Huawei Mate 9 Pro, Porsche Design Mate 9, ZTE Axon 7, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

Earlier this month, Google DayDream View VR headset also went on sale in India. So, you have now option to enjoy Google’s VR platform. Buy it from Flipkart for Rs. 6499.

Final words

Google is constantly trying to push AR and VR with its Android platform. These platforms will change the way we access the content on our phone.

Asus Zenfone AR is an interesting device that includes both Tango Camera and DayDream support. This phone had officially been launched earlier this yeat at CES 2017.

The good thing is that Asus started teasing the India launch of Asus Zenfone AR with a teaser video on Twitter and Facebook. This is the world’s first 8 GB RAM phone and is expected to come in mid of July.

If you are looking to experience both Tango and DayDream, you should also be excited about the upcoming device.

I hope I have written about Google Tango and Google DayDream in easy to understand manner. If you still have any confusion, you can always leave a comment below and I will reply as soon as possible.