The Tango project will be deprecated on March 1st, 2018.
Google is continuing AR development with ARCore, a new platform designed for building augmented reality apps for a broad range of devices without the requirement for specialized hardware.

In addition to working with our OEM partners on new devices, Google is also working closely with Asus, as one of our early Tango partners, to ensure that ZenFone AR will work with ARCore. We'll be back with more information soon on how existing and new ZenFone AR users will get access to ARCore apps.

Tango Tablet Development Kit User Guide

What’s in the box

The Tango Tablet Development Kit comes with a Tango
         Tablet Developent Kit, micro-USB cable, USB charging unit, and a
Figure 1: What's in the box

Get started

Thanks for purchasing the Tango Tablet Development Kit! These devices were designed for professional software developers to create new applications. We'd like to remind you that the hardware and software platform are continuing to evolve, so expect frequent updates along the way. We are excited to have you along on this journey.

Charge the battery

Your battery will not be fully charged when you first unpack your Project Tango Tablet Development Kit. It’s a good idea to fully charge the battery before using it.

Connect the small end of the Micro USB cable to the Micro USB port on the upper left edge of the device, when viewed from the front. Then connect the other end to the charging unit, and the charging unit to a power outlet.

  • Use only the USB charging unit and Micro USB cable that come with your development kit. Using a different charging unit or cable may damage your device.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and the included USB charging unit is AC 100V–240V.
  • We recommend using the charging unit that comes with your device. Other power sources may not work as well.
  • If the development kit is plugged in directly to the computer it will discharge faster than the USB cable can provide power. If connecting to a PC for an extended period of time, we recommend using a high-power 2 amp USB hub or using the mini-dock at the same time.
  • The development kit charges faster when you’re not using it.
Using the Mini-Dock
  • The USB 3.0 port on the mini-dock is only functional when the tablet is docked. The port can be used to attach an external memory drive or standard peripherals to the tablet.
  • The mini-dock accepts a power adapter for faster charging (not provided). The power adapter output must be 12V, 2A, and the connector must be a barrel plug with 5.5mm outer diameter, 2.1mm inner diameter, center positive.

Set up your development kit

To turn on your Tango Tablet Development Kit, press the Power button on the top right edge for a few seconds, then release it.

When you first turn on your device, you’ll see a Welcome screen. Choose the language you want and touch Start or the Start icon.

When prompted, you can sign in with your Google Account or create one at that time. You can also choose to skip this step and create one later.

An email address that you use for any of the following counts as a Google Account:

  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • G Suite
  • AdWords
  • Any other Google product

When you sign in with a Google Account, all the email, contacts, Calendar events, and other data associated with that account are automatically synced with your device.

If you have multiple Google Accounts, you can add others later from Settings > Accounts > Add account.

Stay up to date

The Tango Tablet Development Kit receives Over-The-Air (OTA) updates on a regular basis to provide firmware, system, and system application updates. When an OTA update is available, a notification window appears. If you choose to install the OTA update immediately, the process may take up to 10 minutes. The battery must be at least 25% charged to begin the update. We recommend charging the device while the update runs to avoid any interruptions.

If you choose "Install later", you can set a time for the install to occur. A reminder to install the update will remain in the notification drawer, accessible by swiping down on the system bar at the top of the screen. You can also go to Settings > About tablet > System updates to check for an update or install an available update.

To check the software version that your development kit is running, go to Settings > About tablet > Kernel version to see the build date.

Try some apps

For the best experience, make sure to hold the devices steady for two seconds while the application starts up to prevent drift. Should you experience drift, hold still for a few seconds while the system attempts to recover. The Project Tango system works best in indoor, well-lit environments.

Visit the Demos page for a list of demos made by the Tango team showcasing some of the functionality of Tango devices and links to the apps.

We hope they serve as inspiration to you to create brand new experiences for Tango.

Get started learning about Tango

Visit the Developer Overview page to learn more about this website's organization, familiarize yourself with the Tango core concepts, and dive into our APIs and SDK.

Safety and Regulatory Information

Visit the Safety and Regulatory Information page for important information about the device.


Close applications for better performance

We recommend closing background applications before running applications using the Tango APIs. To close unused applications, open the Recents screen using the button on the right side of the navigation bar and swipe the app thumbnail left or right to remove it. Continue this process until no apps remain.

Tango Tablet Development Kit hardware

The locations of various hardware features on the Tango Tablet
          Development Kit.

         Front: Front-facing camera, Microphone, Speakers, Touch screen,
         Power/lock key, Volume key, 3.5mm headset jack, microSD card tray,
         Nano SIM card tray, Micro-USB port, Micro HDMI port

         Back: Rear-facing RGB-IR camera, Visible light flash, IR light flash,
         Fisheye camera, IR projector, Docking port for charging and USB 3.0
Figure 2: Hardware Diagram for the Tango Tablet Development Kit

Technical specifications


  • 7.02" 1920x1200 HD IPS display (323 ppi)
  • Scratch-resistant Corning® glass


  • 119.77 x 196.33 x 15.36mm


  • 0.82 lbs (370 g)


  • 4 MP 2µm RGB-IR pixel sensor
  • 1 MP front facing, fixed focus


  • Android™ 4.4 KitKat®


  • Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • NFC (reader and peer to peer modes)
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE, HSPA+, 3G, 2G, GSM, EDGE
    • LTE: Bands 2,4,5,7,17 (1900, 1700, 850, 2600, 700)
    • HSPA+: Bands 1,2,4,5 (2100, 1900, 1700, 850)

Note that CDMA is not supported.

Note also that the TDK has not been certified by any mobile carriers, so functionality and performance with any particular carrier is not guaranteed.

Audio Output

  • Dual stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm audio connector (OMTP standard)


  • 128 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • 4 GB RAM


  • Micro HDMI
  • USB 3.0 host via dock connector
  • Micro SD card
  • Nano SIM slot


  • 4960 mAH cell (2x 2480 cells)


  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 w/ 192 CUDA cores


  • Motion tracking camera
  • 3D depth sensing
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope


  • North America: FCC/IC, CEC BCS, UL, PTCRB
  • Worldwide: CE, CB, GCF, GCF FT
  • Battery: UL, UN, CB, CE
  • Adaptor: UL/ULc, CB

Tango Tablet Development Kit files

Device source code

ReleasePackageSizeSHA1 Checksum
Qianru Linux kernel119MB9c2aca997b85255fe845392b2e4d9aa86b87f74f
System libraries7.3 MB7bc2261acd5add14792e9dcbe50d04b708c12dbb

Mechanical drawings

If you'd like to create a custom case or mount for your Tango Tablet Development Kit device, this zip file will get you started. It contains the STEP model of the device and PDFs showing keepaway areas (speakers, ports, cameras, and so on).

FileSizeSHA1 Checksum
Tango Tablet Development Kit Mechanical Drawings1.6 MBde9872bdf9f9ae407edc4a23062e1c82860addeb

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