WP7: Hardware buttons no longer required, Mango successor named Tango

The rumors are heating up slowly, with Microsoft soon to announce a Mango beta for developers, and this week we're hearing two new ones. First off, Mango is rumored to not require hardware buttons, and second, we've heard that the next update in line after Mango is to be entitled "Tango." 

WMPoweruser reports that a "Russian sage" by the name of Murtazin, a famous (and reputable) blogger tweeted,

The rumor has some ground. We saw a photo of a device circulate the web last week, with alleged on-screen buttons. The device was the Nokia "Sea Ray" that was shown off by CEO Stephen Elop last week, which is missing the hardware buttons required by Microsoft, but apparently this device does not need them. We'll see how this develops in the coming months.

Secondly, Digitimes reports that it appears that Compal, a newly announced Windows Phone 7 partner, dropped the ball slightly today when sources close to the company announced that "Compal has signed with Microsoft for licensed use of the Mango platform and Tango, a platform to succeed Mango."

Until now, we've heard nothing about an update called "Tango," and had only heard that the next Windows Phone update was allegedly "WP8" and codenamed Apollo. Naturally, Microsoft won't comment on the matter, but this is another thing we'll find out over the coming months. 

Mango is expected to be released in September this year, and brings 500 new features to the Windows Phone 7 platform, including Multitasking, IE9, OS-wide IM integration, deeper social networking and more.

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What's wrong with buttons ? I don't really like onscreen buttons on iphone and android. They always switch about for every app but hardware button's they don't interfere and they don't move. The search button could go though, It could be on the screen.

Hardware buttons will still be a requirement.

Front facing buttons may become optional.

Volume rocker, Power and Dedicated Camera button will remain a requirement.

So how do I search for applications in Marketplace without hardware button? I cannot see any control in WP7 marketplace which let me press it to do a search.

GraphiteCube said,
So how do I search for applications in Marketplace without hardware button? I cannot see any control in WP7 marketplace which let me press it to do a search.

Have you seen the Mango market?

Hoping ..... Mango ..... Tango ..... Next ... Bingo ♥

Wish there 'll be a Vision Sense ( Like Touch Sense) Mobile Technology in Coming Years, Which will run by Our Eye Sight.... My Fingers are Getting Tired with Touch Smart Phones...... ☼

Money quote from above link: "So here's what we know: The reason why the Sea Ray prototype doesn't have hardware buttons is because it's using the Nokia N9 chassis which doesn't have buttons and sports a 854×480 screen The bottom 54 pixels are used for on-screen buttons leaving 800×480 pixels to render the OS."

Which makes perfect sense as to why Elop only showed that the N9 chasis "was running WP7" and didn't position the device under the projector to show off the bottom where the buttons would be. The thing is still in development people! Good gawd.

Owen W said,

This is why it says "Rumor" in the article. Chill out guys.
A rumor that started yesterday, was debunked yesterday, and when it finally gets posted on Neowin, the headline is "WP7: Hardware buttons no longer required...", as if it is fact. Granted, the text of the "article" calls it a rumor, but is Neowin trying to actually provide actual news or is just interested in getting hits?

Owen W said,

This is why it says "Rumor" in the article. Chill out guys.

If you want people to chill out then write your titles properly. You know that headline is BS.

Would this be the same "reputable" blogger that said Microsoft was buying Nokia, then after press denials by Nokia, doubled-down and insisted that Microsoft was buying Nokia again? I would take anything this guy says with a grain of salt.

day2die said,
I don't believe anything Murtazin said. He seems to be making up news lately.

He's nothing more than a speculator, to me. Just making lots of predictions, some turn out to be true, and the blogosphere calls him reputable. Just like Mary Jo Foley.

FMH said,

He's nothing more than a speculator, to me. Just making lots of predictions, some turn out to be true, and the blogosphere calls him reputable. Just like Mary Jo Foley.

More like the charlie demerjian of mobile world. The only difference is eldar hates nokia/symbian instead of nvidia.

eddman said,

More like the charlie demerjian of mobile world. The only difference is eldar hates nokia/symbian instead of nvidia.

Never heard of him.

UndergroundWire said,
On a side note, if there is a fiasco with the Tango Update, can we title the headline "Tango Down".

On a side note, Android has always has fiasco with every update.

day2die said,

On a side note, Android has always has fiasco with every update.

Such a party pooper
/In favor of Tango down
//Love my WP7

day2die said,

On a side note, Android has always has fiasco with every update.

Haha
Samsung Omnia/Focus
1,2,3 & You've been bricked.

Jmaxku said,

Haha
Samsung Omnia/Focus
1,2,3 & You've been bricked.

Samsung is a horrible company. If you want slow updates with lots of issues, go with them. I had problems on Windows Mobile back in the day and it was a Samsung.

UndergroundWire said,

Samsung is a horrible company. If you want slow updates with lots of issues, go with them. I had problems on Windows Mobile back in the day and it was a Samsung.

What a load of utter garbage. True, that may have been in the past but 2010/11 they have been the quickest with the least amount of issues when it comes to updating, particularly with the Android platform which we know is constantly evolving.

n_K said,
No hardware buttons? Shame, I greatly prefer buttons to on screen .

I thought that too, until I had an Android phone. I found the need to go down with my finger and press the back button pretty disruptive when you're doing everything else onscreen.

UndergroundWire said,
So Android is going this way and now WP7. I wonder if iOS 6 will be like that.

It's really only ever had 1 button, but I guess there's no need for it?