Tango update starts to reach Samsung and Dell Windows Phones

The latest - if not necessarily greatest - update to the Windows Phone platform is now finally making its way to devices, several months after we heard the first substantial information about the improvements that it would bring to the OS. The Tango update - known also as the 'Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh' - has been gradually rolling out to Nokia's Lumia Windows Phones, with reports that HTC handsets, such as the first-generation Mozart, have also started to receive it.

But the Tango love doesn't end there. WMPowerUser reports that Dell's Venue Pro is now also receiving the update, with unbranded devices getting the bump up to Windows Phone 7.10.8773.98. The Venue Pro has had a tortured history; despite being one of the most anticipated of all Windows Phones, it failed to live up to its promise, being besieged by endless WiFi issues (and a dead compass), and some users reporting that they'd received numerous replacement devices, all with the same problem. Dell's lethargic approach to addressing user complaints makes it all the more surprising that it's among the first Windows Phones to now receive the Tango update.


Samsung's Omnia W is among the first handsets to get the new Windows Phone Tango update

Another Windows Phone that's getting in on the Tango action is Samsung's Omnia W, the mid-range device that launched in September last year. GSM Arena reports that users in India are the first to have seen the update so far, but this will hopefully be the vanguard of a much larger update push onto other Samsung devices.

Various new features of the Tango update have recently emerged, as users explore their new OS builds, including the ability to send custom ringtones via MMS, more reliable notifications, and new nature-themed wallpapers.


Sources: WMPowerUser, GSM Arena | Image via Samsung

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I have been seeing a lot of slight negativity toward Tango from Neowin. The general consensus is that Tango simply doesn't bring much to the table. What those people are forgetting, obviously, is that this is a "refresh." Stop judging it so harshly, not every update has to have huge new features.

Mulsivaas said,
I have been seeing a lot of slight negativity toward Tango from Neowin. The general consensus is that Tango simply doesn't bring much to the table. What those people are forgetting, obviously, is that this is a "refresh." Stop judging it so harshly, not every update has to have huge new features.

Absolutely. Someone at Neowin doesn't understand the Major / Minor paradigm... Not every update can be major...

The main four carriers in the UK are still taking a while to approve it on the Lumia 800. Is it just help and support that's delaying them? It's not like it's going to stop their variants of the phone from working.

Meph said,
The main four carriers in the UK are still taking a while to approve it on the Lumia 800. Is it just help and support that's delaying them? It's not like it's going to stop their variants of the phone from working.

I don't really understand the carrier's focus on this either. It won't break the phone so it won't work on their network and how much testing could they possibly have to do to verify that? LOL

Meph said,
The main four carriers in the UK are still taking a while to approve it on the Lumia 800.

Lumia 800 Orange UK here and had it for nearly a week?!?!

Redz0ne said,

Lumia 800 Orange UK here and had it for nearly a week?!?!


That's interesting. I'm Orange, too. The Nokia Web site says that both of Orange's Nokia Lumia 800's don't have the update yet. You must have a "country variant".

The Venue Pro probably got the update so quickly because Dell has given up and is no longer testing the updates... The software is the least of their problems anyway, if they don't test or make any attempts to make hardware that works, why would they see the need to rigorously test an OS that hasn't had any problems?

Windows Phone is a great OS and I'm glad to see these phones getting the update. I hope that my Trophy gets it soon as well. But I don't think Dell had any involvement in this update coming out on their phones...

I'm on AT&T and read that we aren't getting anything until 7.8. So I went to xda-developers and followed the instructions there to update to 8107, 8112, and then 8773. Everything seems to be working great for me. If you are looking for something new and special, you won't find it. Its a refresh, minor quibbles fixed that I'd never seen. I honestly haven't noticed anything except the MMS ringtone option when sending a new message. I have seen a lot of frustrated people though who didn't follow the instructions or don't know the difference between 1.3 and 1.4 of the original focus, so be very careful if you want to go this route and read every post you can.