Right now, Google Tango is a great idea trapped inside mediocre hardware. As we saw in Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro, there is a lot of potential in the camera-reliant augmented reality technology, but right now there's really no reason for a consumer to invest in it.

Motorola, Lenovo's mobile-focused subsidiary, plans to change that in 2017 with a Google Tango Moto Mod, according to company president Aymar de Lencquesaing, speaking to a group of reporters at a meeting in Chicago. "We're likely to to have a Tango module to basically enable the Z to have Tango functionality," noting that "augmented reality on a phone is a technology that's likely to stick." There is tons of potential there, he continued. "We'll follow, or lead, the market in this area."

Lenovo, Motorola's parent company, worked directly with Google on the Tango-powered Phab 2 Pro, which happens to be the first consumer product to work with the nascent technology. de Lencquesaing wouldn't go as far as to confirm the existence of a Tango Moto Mod, but hinted that it would be a natural progression for Motorola's modular platform, which currently works on the Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play.

Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play