Windows Phone Tango: Microsoft's entry-level smartphone saviour

Windows Phone Tango: Microsoft's entry-level smartphone saviourThere are loads of reasons why Windows Phone hasn't taken off so far, but one that keeps crossing my mind is how often Microsoft has told us that the next version of the OS is the one that'll really blow us away.

For most of last year we listened to how Mango would be Windows Phone how it should have been from the start – right up until it launched and we heard that Tango, or even Apollo, would be the real deal.

Tomorrow never comes, as they say, and at some point fact and fantasy have to meet up in the present, not one or two releases down the line. Anyway, let's keep playing the game and talk about Tango – the next Windows Phone release that is expected to land sometime in the first half of this year.

It's not billed as a huge update like Mango, or indeed Apollo towards the end of the year. But it could end up being more of a shot in the arm for Windows Phone than either. According to The Verge, Tango will see Microsoft actively starting to push devices with 256MB of RAM, rather than the 512MB which is the benchmark (though not strictly the minimum) at present.

The upshot of this is that Tango is being interpreted as an update aimed at promoting low-end Windows Phone handsets, right around the time Nokia will no doubt be looking to push its historic entry-level strength into Windows Phone-labelled clothes, and say what you like about its Symbian phones, but they manage to get more from 256MB of RAM than any other phones around these days.

That's not to say Windows Phone will suddenly become the success some are predicting, but it'll certainly help. After all, further up the food chain it has the near-impossible task of going toe-to-toe with both Android and iOS.

On the bargain shelves at least it won't have Apple to worry about.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 23, 2012 at 20:00

fantastic.

blizzard7  Jan. 23, 2012 at 23:11

I bet Apple and Google are really scared now!

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 23, 2012 at 23:24

Microsoft actively starting to push devices with 256MB of RAM

Wow. Where do I sign up?

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 23, 2012 at 23:25

Side note: I remember having an XP computer at work with 256mb of RAM :p.

Treab  Jan. 24, 2012 at 00:21

Side note: I remember having an XP computer at work with 256mb of RAM :p.

only cause he still does ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 24, 2012 at 00:40

Genuinely wouldn't surprise me... :p.

blizzard7  Jan. 24, 2012 at 00:44

Microsoft actively starting to push devices with 256MB of RAM

Wow. Where do I sign up?


Did sound a bit odd, but then again, the iPhone 3GS has 256 MBs of RAM and runs umm... usably.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 24, 2012 at 00:46

It's actually less smooth than when it was launched due to the...pressures...of iOS5, is what I've heard :/.

blizzard7  Jan. 24, 2012 at 01:00

Yup, it was fluid at first, but each update just made it slower and slower... kinda like iTunes really. :p

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 24, 2012 at 07:15

That from the company who "developed" Windows 7 Starter and Basic for netbooks that can comfortably run Home Premium... But who, in the past certified laptops with 512 MB RAM as "Vista Ready" ;)

What happened to "No fragmentation"? Elop is regurgitating the no-fragmentation mantra...

What galls me is that Microsoft will, in a year or so, just write off the whole WP7 nonsense and pay it from the petty cash piggy bank in Redmond.

They are tech's *HS with a blank cheque.

Argh, actually, no - they are like the post-9/11 Bush administration; their pursuit of an iPhone killer like the War on Terror with bottom-less budget barrels for policies that do nothing but fill the coffers of the chosen cronies.

(The above is not an official Mobot statement. T&Cs apply. If in doubt press Alt+Ctr+Del)

Treab  Jan. 24, 2012 at 08:46

They are tech's *** [<= mod edit. Sensitivity alert] with a blank cheque.

Can this be moderated out please? Lets not down on the nhs just because irelands soo backward it barely has penicillin...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 24, 2012 at 08:53

Oh, ...

http://wirawanweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/crying-cat.jpg

Treab, I wasn't criticising the *HS - I was clearly emphasising the blank cheque scenario. Any large corporation or gov body with too much money is bad. History and current conditions prove that.

Apologies.

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