Windows Phone "Tango" screenshots and info leaked

The next major update for the Windows Phone OS will be the one that has received the code name "Tango". Today a Russian web site, WP7Forum.ru, claimed to have leaked out new screenshots of the Tango upgrade along with some new information about what Windows Phone owners can expect in terms of new features.

Microsoft has yet to officially reveal what it has planned for the "Tango" release. However, a recently leaked road map claims that it will be made available on Windows Phone devices sometime in the second quarter of 2012.

The WP7Forum.ru web site says that Tango will allow Windows Phone apps to be automatically updated via Zune. It is also supposed to increase the number of pre-installed apps on new Windows Phone devices to 40 from the current 16. If you have a SIM card with a list of contacts from an older phone, the Tango update should allow for that contact list to be exported to the new Windows Phone.

If you own a Windows Phone with just 256 MB of memory, you may not be able to install some apps after the Tango update is launched. As shown in the screenshot above, the Tango upgrade may prevent some of those apps from running on those phones.

Microsoft might announce some official Tango information later this month at the World Mobile Congress trade event.

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I'm really looking forward to switching to Windows Phone when my upgrade is due. It'll be ready just in time for a Nokia Lumia 900. Can't wait!

why would microsoft allow 256 mb phones? no access to certain apps and no live tiles? that a poor user experience right there! that's how microsoft adds to its poor reputation in the mobile market space.

jasonon said,
why would microsoft allow 256 mb phones? no access to certain apps and no live tiles? that a poor user experience right there! that's how microsoft adds to its poor reputation in the mobile market space.

i can guarantee you that these will be better experiences then similar android phones.. apps will be made for ice cream sandwich and phones will be released with 2.2.. Android has super high powered phone and the lowest phones as well.. This split is what microsoft is taking advantage of..

The experience only has to be better then android and thats it..

jasonon said,
...no access to certain apps and no live tiles?...

And thus the fragmentation in WP7 begins...

...The experience only has to be better then android and thats it..

If that is the bar that MS is aiming for, then they have lost already imo...

Simon- said,
Some phones which have 256MB RAM are unable to run some apps. Isn't that fragmentation?

That's the eventuality of all phone OSes. To be fair, this is probably few and far between. 256MB is a fair amount of RAM to use for a mobile app.

Simon- said,
Some phones which have 256MB RAM are unable to run some apps. Isn't that fragmentation?

it is... no platform is safe from fragmentation (even iOS gets that) - whats important is to keep the fragmentation factors low and controllable (like in the case of iOS or WP)

jandler said,
The app "Now" requires a phone with more than 256 RAM ???

It's possible that all apps may have to receive marketplace approval before being allowed on devices with less than 256MB of RAM.

I think WP7 is the greatest os ever made for Phone. It has fast fluid UI, best messaging system and contacts, gallery, web browser & searching option but it's marketplace is a disaster. Full of crappy software and web links (though they count those as apps). Even their Youtube & Facebook (latest version - 2.3) software sucks. I think they should be more serious about Marketplace than making WP8.

tuneslover said,
I think WP7 is the greatest os ever made for Phone. It has fast fluid UI, best messaging system and contacts, gallery, web browser & searching option but it's marketplace is a disaster. Full of crappy software and web links (though they count those as apps). Even their Youtube & Facebook (latest version - 2.3) software sucks. I think they should be more serious about Marketplace than making WP8.

What have you been smoking? First of all their marketplace is more than sutable. Second, Microsoft doesn't develop the apps, and third of all "links"? I think "Facebooks" updated app is very nice. Stop spreading misinformation. I think you should be more serious about actually using a windows phone.

Nexus69 said,

What have you been smoking? First of all their marketplace is more than sutable. Second, Microsoft doesn't develop the apps, and third of all "links"? I think "Facebooks" updated app is very nice. Stop spreading misinformation. I think you should be more serious about actually using a windows phone.

I would say that tuneslover hasn't used a Windows Phone!!!

tuneslover said,
I think WP7 is the greatest os ever made for Phone. It has fast fluid UI, best messaging system and contacts, gallery, web browser & searching option but it's marketplace is a disaster. Full of crappy software and web links (though they count those as apps). Even their Youtube & Facebook (latest version - 2.3) software sucks. I think they should be more serious about Marketplace than making WP8.

The new facebook app is pretty good, no improvements jump to mind anyway. The one before it was a disaster though.

If you have a SIM card with a list of contacts from an older phone, the Tango update should allow for that contact list to be exported to the new Windows Phone.

This is already possible...

DomZ said,
So what exactly 'new info' has leaked?

- Export contacts to sim card
- multiple pictures in MMS
- Auto-update of apps
- video MMS

~Johnny said,

- Export contacts to sim card
- multiple pictures in MMS
- Auto-update of apps
- video MMS

This is the first I'd heard of multiple pictures in MMS and video in MMS... That's about time. I can't wait for those features alone.

TheCyberKnight said,
The Windows Phone chassis specification already permits 256MB devices (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u.../ff637514%28v=VS.92%29.aspx). Nothing new here.

It just seems there will now be a message displayed in order to prevent "silent" application crashes due to lack of memory, which is a good thing.

Thats actually incorrect and will be fixed by MS. The requirements for Mango 7.5 is 384MB RAM. See Tom's post here (scroll down to his comments and details on requirements straight from Windows Phone team:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2...hone-tango-screenshots-leak

Xerax said,
I hope they add screen-capturing in Tango.

I am sure they do. I have it on mine.

It is great for app developers to show us what their app is about. Or show off their homescreen shots like you see in mobile desktop forum on here.