Lumia 900 now on sale in the UK with Tango update

After a successful launch in North America, Nokia is finally releasing its Windows Phone-powered Lumia 900 in the UK. The Inquirer reports that UK retailer Phones4u has started selling the smartphone today, a few days earlier than expected. Only the white version is on sale today but the black and cyan versions are expected to be on sale on Friday.

SlashGear reports that the UK version of the Lumia 900 also has the newest Windows Phone update, which includes the "Tango" features. There's no word on when "Tango" will be released for other previously released Windows Phone devices.

Another interesting thing about the UK Lumia 900 is that the Windows Phone Marketplace logo now has an "n" inside the bag, as reported by WPCentral.com. In addition, the list of Nokia exclusive Windows Phone apps is now being called the Nokia Market on the phone, rather than the Nokia Collection. This would seem to show that Nokia has worked with Microsoft to push the Nokia brand more on the Lumia 900 in the UK.

We should soon see if UK residents will warm up to the Lumia 900 like they have in the US. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has admitted that previous members of the Lumia family have met with mixed sales results in the UK.

Image via WPCentral.com

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I do NOT like the rebranding of the Windows Marketplace with the Nokia icon. I was a little uneasy about buying a Nokia phone do to the "special" partnership. However, we, as customers, were assured that Nokia would not be making any alterations. And so it begins…

thealexweb said,
Does the UK version still have the LTE radio (this is sort of useless for now) or has it been removed?

Replaced with a Dual HSPA+ radio, or so I've read.

thealexweb said,
Does the UK version still have the LTE radio (this is sort of useless for now) or has it been removed?

Probably not, just regular HSDPA which we've been using for the past 5 years. On the flip side though, the networks here actually support the HD Voice codec in the Lumia 900

thealexweb said,

Native code support so porting apps should be easier for developers.

1st time I've heard Tango bring native code support, source?

thealexweb said,
Native code support so porting apps should be easier for developers.
That's not until Apollo (Windows Phone 8).

Tango's goal was to bring Windows Phone to the ultra low-end market (slower and lower memory-based phones).

Sraf said,

Multiple images per MMS

Not just images, videos as well. You can also send images and videos by IM too and not limited to MMS if the users is online via messenger or facebook.

There's other performance improvements as well in order for the OS to support lower end 256MB devices. Not sure about anything else atm, but you should also get internet tethering with this update if you don't have it yet on your phone.