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"Removed" Xbox Live tile still accessible on Chinese Tango phones

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Back in February we reported that the Chinese version of Tango would be lacking a few features, notably, Twitter, Facebook, and Xbox Live. Today Chinese Windows Phone site, WPDang, is reporting that the Xbox Live feature hasn’t actually been removed, it is just hidden. With a slight workaround, the Xbox Live tile can be reinstated.

Currently, on Chinese Tango devices, there is a Games tile that links to the games category in the Marketplace. All an owner needs to do is use a Windows Live ID from outside mainland China, and the Game tile will change to the Xbox Live tile. Windows Live IDs from Hong Kong will work as well.

This workaround does not restore any Facebook or Twitter functionality, but with WeiBo and RenRen being the preferred local alternatives, that is probably not an issue for most.

"Removed" Xbox Live tile still accessible on Chinese Tango phones
"Removed" Xbox Live tile still accessible on Chinese Tango phones
"Removed" Xbox Live tile still accessible on Chinese Tango phones


source: WMPowerUser

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posted on 18 Mar 2012, 17:42 1

1. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


no twitter,no facebook.hope mr xi changes this law.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 01:11 1

2. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Asians don't really like the Xbox, they prefer the asian-made consoles like the PS3 or Wii. The Xbox has alot more games for Westerners. Microsoft tried to cater to them but they still didn't want to change. That being the case, I think it's better for them that MS removed the Live tile. Why force the Xbox on them when they clearly don't want it? So now WP appears more like a phone instead of an Xbox propaganda device. It's not the best thing for everywhere, just the asian markets. Good call MS.

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 02:55

3. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Oh come on I used weibo/twitter ( I like weibo more ) and also renren/Facebook (Facebook any day , renren sucks like hell ) but why they f**k the Chinese goverment want to block Facebook ? Btw , iPhones in china still have game centre , why Microsoft remove this feature from windows phone ?

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