Microsoft's Tango update explained in detail, widens the potential Windows Phone audience 60%

Microsoft's Tango update explained in detail, widens the potential Windows Phone audience 60%
Nokia's event was pretty light on details about the Windows Phone Tango update that is coming with the Nokia 610 and other entry level WP handsets after it, like the ZTE Orbit. Understandable, since all eyes were on the Nokia 808 PurewView monster sensor.

Now Microsoft's Joe Belfiore detailed the Tango update in full swing on the Windows Phone developers blog. The best news is that it will allow WP to run smooth as silk on 256MB of RAM and low-end Qualcomm chipsets, meaning cheap yet potent handsets, since page file optimizations have been done as well.

With the introduction of new languages come 23 new countries with support for the Marketplace - Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam. This opens up Windows Phone to 60% more potential customers, and Nokia just introduced this morning 3 models for the Chinese market, for example. 

As far as app compatibility for the weaker hardware, only 5% of the 70, 000 or so apps for Windows Phone have trouble running on the new specs, and Microsoft is reaching out to their developers for tweaks that will remedy this.

Finally, there is a new SDK for developers that includes an emulator with 256MB of RAM, so devs can test their apps for the new update. Tango will start rolling out to existing handsets in April, even those with higher specs, since it is bringing some other welcome enhancements as well. Phone like the Lumia 610 and the ZTE Orbit will come with Tango out of the box.

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8 Comments

1. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Neat. Now when will Windows Phone carry support for Video MMS.

2. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

Does this still give carriers the option to skip this update? I have the HTC Trophy for Verizon and still no update after Mango. The disappearing keyboard is so frustrating...

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

This isn't an update. This is a lower-spec requiring version of the WIndows Phone operating system, somewhat akin to Windows 7 Starter for netbooks, versus the fuller-spec Windows7 Home Premium, or Ulitmate

5. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

no. its for all handsets. i have confirmed.

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I do like Windows Phone and I'm looking seriously forward to it. However it is so strange to see those so called high end windows phone having specs equivalent to those mid range Android (512MB, single core 1.5Ghz) and price fully unlocked for more than $600.

6. ctleng76

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Windows Phone handsets are not as powerful because they don't need to be. I have a Focus Flash running a 1.4 GHz single core processor, and it is much faster than many of the new dual-core Androids out there. The OS is much lighter than Android. I want to also add that while the OS is "lighter" that doesn't mean it lacks features. If I were you I would at least pick a Windows Phone and use it for the first 30 day trial period. Most carriers allow you to exchange phones one time during the first 30 days.

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Cheering for this to work. Both Nokia and Microsoft are really betting on tango to open up a world of sales. Be nice to see this partnership get rewarded.

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

folks what impresses me most about Windows 7 series Tango class smart phones is that they can run 95% of Windows series 7 smart phone's current apps that means you can really do some thing with these cheap Windows smart phones that's cool!

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