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Windows Phone Tango to be sailing smooth with 256MB of RAM only, and include folders

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Windows Phone Tango to be sailing smooth with 256MB of RAM only, and include folders
If you were wondering how exactly will Microsoft go about with Windows Phone supporting entry level devices for emerging markets, which Nokia is so popular with, wonder no more.

Turns out that the upcoming Windows Phone Tango update, besides lower screen resolutions, which we've heard from the very beginning rumors about it started, would also bring in the possibility to run well on less RAM, to the tune of merely 256MB, which is what 2010 Symbian devices like the Nokia N8 are using, for example.

Current Windows Phones, even the Lumia 900, sport 512MB of RAM and 480x800 pixels of resolution, as these are Microsoft's requirements, so introducing support for cheaper screens with lower resolutions, 256MB of RAM, and, presumably, CPUs slower than the 1-1.4GHz units we currently have, is likely to lower the price of entry level WP handsets significantly.

Which is precisely the point of the Windows Phone Tango update. Word on the grapevine is that Tango will also include support for folders directly on the start screen, and UI tweaks that will shrink the media controls and list them almost as small as notifications, so they don't take up that much space.

It's not entirely clear if the new 256MB of RAM allowance will result in less flashy UI for the upcoming wave of entry level Windows Phone devices with Tango, whereas the more capable brethren will keep all UI bells and whistles, or if Tango will be optimized across the board to look the same on all devices, but just be speedier on more powerful gear.

Anyway, it's pointless to guess, since Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks away, and we should know more pretty soon. Oh, and if the 256MB of RAM allowance materializes, it will confirm the change in Microsoft's mentality - with Windows 7 and especially Windows 8, Redmond actually focused on cleaning and optimizing the code, as opposed to demanding you buy a newer machine every time a major Windows version is out. Sign of the times.

via TheVerge

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posted on 23 Jan 2012, 03:00 2

1. bbblader (Posts: 580; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


so if for example the nokia l900 gets the tango update it will be faster than before
usually updates make phones slower

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 07:07 3

6. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its not really going to be a huge difference on bigger handsets. this isnt reimaging the entire line, this is just making it capable on running on cheap prepaid style sets. There will be enhancements for the big guys as well,obviously, but the focus of tango is to open WP7 to the world of prepaid which can make it a hit in emerging markets like africa and china. The next update, apollo, will be the big game changer for the big handsets.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 03:12 6

2. vivek_ananda (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


dear microsoft, Please bring bluetooth file transfer and memory card support for your devices!! Just don't act mean to the customers the way apple been doing.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 05:30 1

4. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Not going to happen ... that was stated waaay back... in two words - piracy concerns.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 07:10 1

7. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the blutooth transfer part.. maybe. the memory card part is more for profit margins than piracy. why allow people to buy a 32 gig card for 20 bux on ebay when you can be like apple and charge them 100 for the same 32 gig card by building it into the phone.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 08:50

8. snowgator (Posts: 3236; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Just get around to doing it, than. 16 G is not media friendly. 32 G on decent devices, and 64 G on an elite device or 2. WP really has no excuse not to after Apollo.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 09:15 4

10. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


There is no reason to bring Apple here ..

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 10:10 3

12. dbparipsa (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Why not! Apple is the company which is best at exploiting its loyal costumers. So, it should exemplify such incidents of consumer exploitation.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 09:16

11. handicrapguy (Posts: 30; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


The original samsung focus had a memory card slot so the OS does support them. The problem is with how it uses that extra memory. Its not at all use friendly which is why most manufacturers omit them i would think.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 04:25

3. vijaysivakula (Posts: 168; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


Ok. Now all i need is for someone to port WPTango onto my N8. Waited for Meego and that did not happen. At least WP7.... :P

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 06:24 1

5. bbblader (Posts: 580; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


dude thats like porting windows xp into iPhone
not happening

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 12:14

13. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


If there is enough developer interest, it can definitely happen.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 08:53

9. snowgator (Posts: 3236; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


This was a huge selling point to get Nokia onboard. Sorta like some manufacturers see feature phones as vital to their bottom line, Nokia sees these sales in emerging markets as mothers milk to their profits. Nokia is chomping at the bit to get after that sales pie.

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