Posts tagged with: Windows Phone Tango
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    It's that time of the year again, when we're both happy and sad, excited and disappointed all at the same time. Last year's Mobile World Congress was all about three things: Android, 3D and speed offered by emerging dual-core processors. This year's show was not that much different at all, if you come to think of it. It's safe to assume that everyone who was there -- or following our MWC coverage -- understands that, again, Android was all over the place. With or without Ice Cream Sandwich on smartphones or tablets, the Google platform -- and its OEM partners -- has flooded the show floors ...

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    There seems to be a lot of hype over when "Tango" will be released with new features for current Windows Phones as well as new support for low-end emerging-market Windows Phones. Microsoft's PR firm told us that these updates are still called "Windows Phone 7.5". There is no new name. Yes it is an update that you could call a "refresh" and there will be higher build numbers, but it's still going to be called "Windows Phone 7.5" The "Tango" name was just a code name for the engineering work that was contributed to the minor update. Reports of a "Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh" name change are ...

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    Windows Phone fans in China can already pre-order the HTC Triumph -- the HTC Titan, really -- and it looks like Nokia doesn't want to let HTC get away with it, at least if Stephen Elop can do something about it. According to the CEO, March 28 is the date to circle in your calendar if you are waiting for Nokia Windows Phones in China. There were no other details but given the recent rumors as well as documentation found on the Chinese Regulatory Authorities websites, the Lumia 800 as well as the Lumia 710 (in their GSM and CDMA variants) are possible candidates. As far as carriers are ...

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    The upcoming Windows Phone Tango update won't deliver changes on the same scale we saw for Mango, but Microsoft is still managing to deliver a few tweaks alongside support for new hardware options. We've been talking about the update by its codename Tango, but how will Microsoft officially refer to the new OS build once we see it really start to arrive? One claim out of Italy says that the corporation will deliver Tango as "Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh". That's not the most catchy name, sure, but it's nice and to-the-point; ultimately, we'll still largely be in Mango territory, so even with ...

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    Windows Phone Tango -- the platform iteration which should pave the way for lower-end, cheaper devices in markets and hopefully help Microsoft and its partners sell volumes -- on phones is nowhere to be seen but applications slowly get Tango support. The Microsoft weather app is a popular one and, according to Mike Battista, it has been built once again from ground up. In addition to newly added features, the main difference is that now it offers support for Windows Phone Tango and it complies with its limitations. Source: Mike Battista, Marketplace Via: WPCentral

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    The story of Microsoft, Windows Phone and Sony Ericsson (now Sony) looks to be like those "impossible love" dramas. The Japanese manufacturer is yet to announce a Windows Phone device even though we know there was at least one prototype (the Julie) which is up on eBay, by the way. Initially, Sony Ericsson said they were open minded regarding Windows Phone. This was a little bit more than one year ago when the company also said that "we haven't made any concrete announcement about when and how we would introduce Windows phone 7 into the portfolio". This perception changed over time and Sony ...

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    When the Nokia Lumia 719 surfaced in Bluetooth certification documents ahead of the MWC, everyone expected it to be a new device from the Finnish manufacturer. We suspected it to be a variant of some sort for the Lumia 710 and it turns out that it is just that. SRRC, the Chinese radio management commission has listed the Lumia 719C, as per the screenshot above, which means that the phone will be heading to China Telecom's CDMA2000 network. This falls nicely into place with previous rumors, but this time concerning a certain 800C to arrive on the carrier sometime this month. Which will be ...

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    Last year the smartphone world saw quite a few shake-ups regarding misuse of location data, with first iOS, then Android, and finally Windows Phone going under the magnifying glass. All too often, by the time things resolved it became clear that the initial panic of phone software tracking users, or otherwise sharing location data without consent, was somewhat overblown. Nevertheless, the publicity these incidents generated has been reminding companies that plenty of users take these kind of concerns very seriously. Microsoft may have been thinking back on these events when it decided to ...

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    We've already heard quite a bit about the limitations that new budget-priced Windows Phone Tango hardware with 256MB of RAM will face. Microsoft recently revealed a bit about compatibility issues existing apps might have when trying to cram-in to the newly-reduced memory space. We've also seen some leaked screenshots that attempted to highlight broader changes to the platform that Microsoft is making in order to keep Tango running smoothly on these handsets. Today, Microsoft acknowledges those rumors, updating its Windows Phone support pages to describe some of these low-RAM limitations. ...

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    Of course, the Lumia 610 announced together with the Lumia 900, is a cheap Windows Phone made by the Espoo-based company. However, Nokia still needs to work on the pricing for its Windows Phones in order to compete with Android. $250 is a great price for the Lumia 610 but there are many Android phones out there that are even cheaper. Plus, Google's platform is already a leading and most popular one so why should someone pick up a Lumia 610? "We are competing with Android", Niklas Savander, executive vice-president at Nokia said. "We have a lot riding on the fact that we need to get a lower ...

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    Windows Phone has been a long time coming to China, with rumors about its launch there stemming back to 2010. Recently, we've been seeing the situation start to make some movement, starting with rumors last fall that things were starting to come together for the introduction of the OS there. Even more recently, we saw some Chinese retailers start taking pre-orders for Windows Phone handsets, and then heard that we would likely be looking at the first one arriving sometime in March. It's looking like that moment is nearly upon us, with the first Windows Phone for China showing up at HTC's ...

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    First there was the ZTE Tania Windows Phone and then came the ZTE Orbit, the Chinese company's second smartphone powered by the Microsoft platform, this time in its Tango iteration. Same as with the Tania, the Orbit is aimed towards those who don't want to spend a huge amount of money on a device. The specs are modest with a four-inch WVGA screen, five-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage with no front-facing webcam (sorry future possible Skype users). Whether you will want to buy one largely depends on your location and you financial situation but ...

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    With phones like Nokia's Lumia 610 and ZTE's Orbit being announced today, the era of Windows Phone Tango and its reduced-spec hardware is upon us. We already got a bit of a look into the changes that Tango will deliver, including how it might handle hardware limitations. Microsoft recently addressed this change, talking about how it will affect developers, as well as touching on additional changes to the scope of the Windows Phone community. The good news is that Microsoft expects the vast majority of existing apps to play nicely with 256MB RAM handsets. Software tricks like memory paging, ...

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    We already knew that ZTE had some big plans for the Mobile World Congress; it seemed like the manufacturer could barely contain its excitement, announcing a few models in the past week leading up to the show. We also knew that the company was planning to lift the curtain on an additional eight devices at the MWC, including both Android and Windows Phone models. Today we finally have a chance to get a look at what ZTE has to offer. The two most interesting models from ZTE's new lineup have got to be the quad-core Era (above) and the Windows Phone ZTE Orbit. The Era gets our attention for ...

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    Watch this week's Windows Phone View as we wrap up all that was good and bad inside the world of Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. In today's show we begin by talking about all the Nokia devices that have been leaked during the week, and which ones we consider fake. We later talk about the LG Miracle, which sadly doesn't seem to be such a miraculous solution for LG. We then go through our week's coverage and end the Good section talking about Windows Phone Tango, even though it fit best in the Bad section. In the Bad section we talk about Microsoft's Zune Software, and how rumors feel ...

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