Tango slated for March launch in China, loses some features

Tango slated for March launch in China, loses some features
On the heels of a leak that expanded on some of the things we can expect from the upcoming Windows Phone Tango update, some additional information has surfaced regarding Tango’s Chinese debut. While nothing is official at this point, Chinese Windows Phone website, WPDang, is reporting that while all Mango devices will be eligible for a Tango upgrade, there will be special modifications for those in China.

A few of those changes are:

•   Xbox Live functionality will be removed completely
•   The Chinese version of Twitter and Facebook, WeiBo and RenRen respectively, will used to replace Twitter and Facebook, which are both blocked in China
•   Search results will be a hybrid of traditional Bing results and BaiDu results (BaiDu is China’s number 1 search engine.)

It is not currently know if the Chinese Marketplace will be operational at the time of the Tango release. Additional details are expected to arise at Mobile World Congress 2012 and at an event in Beijing, China that is rumored to occur during the 3rd week of March. It is anticipated that several OEMS such as HTC, Nokia, ZTE, and LG will be at the Beijing event to showcase Tango-powered devices.

source: WPDang via WMPowerUser

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10 Comments

1. thelegend6657 unregistered

As far as i like WP7 , the move of creating tango for lower spec device is stupid . 1ghz single core 1st gen device are mid range now another year or so they will fall to the low end why even bother to fragment up the OS ? BTW , why remove xBox live as it could be a great selling point for wp7 . I would love to have weibo intergrated as i live in Malaysia and i also use weibo

2. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

blocking xboxlive is mainly because of the strick censorship too (just like the mentioned fb/tw case) i guess.

3. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Not everyone can afford an expensive smartphone, cunt

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

By next year 1st gen phones will be a low end phone . While 2nd gen mango phones would be mid range phones and 3rd gen apollo phones would be high end . So is there a need for tango ? Just like the iphone , apple never actually make any low end models , they just take the old model and sell it in a diffrent price point and i think thats what microsoft has to follow without fragmentating the platform . + i can get a samsung omnia7 for rm800 which i just did btw for fun .

5. hritikbhimani

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

FRAGMENTATION is just a myth...its hypocrite opinion of android haters btw as far as windows goes, they r already late in the market....waiting another year for old phones to become low end devices is stupid... they need to act now...n btw Microsoft is no APPLE :P

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your confusing "old tech" with 3rd world "cheap". they are not the same thing. Tango isnt meant for things like americans or even prepaid. It is ment for emerging markets like africa, china, and india. You know, places that apple likes to exploit people. If you are making a whopping 30 cents an hour like those that work for foxconn, you cant afford a $600 iphone much less a $200-300 "cheap american smartphone. Most countries outside the US dont do contract discount phones. Its full retail or bust. These phones are designed to be 100 bux or less full retail.

6. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

This is all about markets that no one has gone to with the tango ones. They can put it on cheap phones for places like china. This is a very smart move on their part to go to the places that aren't Apple land.

7. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I got WP7 devices for two of my sisters and they love them but they also want to know went the Tango updates are being released in the USA?

8. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I don't think Tango is bringing anything new, so there is no need to want the update.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they are bringing new tweaks and such. more than just low memory support, otherwise it wouldnt be a big deal.

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