Screenshots of an alleged Windows Phone "Tango" build leaked to the internet today and demonstrate a number of new features in Microsoft's next Windows Phone update. Russian site WP7forum says that Tango will include the ability to export contacts to SIM, manage domestic / international roaming, and handle multiple attachments in a single MMS message. MMS currently supports single images and Tango will allegedly add support for video messages too. Microsoft also appears to be building in a native voice recording application for MMS messages.
We have heard a number of details about Tango and its timing, including the fact it will push the minimum hardware requirements down to just 256MB RAM. WP7forum says Tango phones will also drop camera hardware down to just 3-megapixels. Tango users will allegedly receive a warning in the Windows Phone Marketplace if certain applications require additional memory, leading to what many will describe as hardware fragmentation for Windows Phone. Microsoft is expected to unveil its Tango plans, including support for new chipsets, at Mobile World Congress later this month.
Images of LG’s mid-range Windows Phone — the Miracle, previously code-named Fantasy — have been published once again, this time with an accompanying video. The images and footage were obtained by Mobilissimo and confirm the handset’s 5-megapixel rear camera and 4-inch display. The Mango-powered smartphone is also rumored to feature a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8GB of storage and an NFC chip, although Windows Phone 7.5 Mango does not yet include support for NFC. LG is expected to unveil the Miracle at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read on for additional images and a video of the Miracle in action.
Chinese Windows Phone website WPDang has broken some more news about the increasingly scooped Windows Phone Tango update.
Apparently all Mango devices can be updated to Tango, and in China special modifications will be included.
These changes include :
Tango of China would have the Xbox Live function removed
WeiBo (Chinese version of Twitter) and RenRen (Chinese version of Facebook) would be used to replace Twitter and Facebook which cannot be accessed in China
Bing search result would be based on a combination of Bing and BaiDu, the Chinese no.1 search engine
Tango will be announced at Mobile World Congress 2012 and will launch in Beijing in China at an event in the 3rd week of March, attended by HTC, Nokia, ZTE and LG. The OEMS will be showing their Tango-powered devices off there.
It is not clear if the Chinese Marketplace will open at the same time, but when it does there will be 2 additional methods besides paying by credit card to pay for apps.
It sounds as if the Windows Phone experience will be quite different in many ways in China. Hopefully it will still however serve to open up the potential market for Marketplace developers and generally boost the Windows Phone volume which is so important for confidence in the platform.
According to a recent Financial Times report, Fujitsu is planning on entering the European market this year with a number of Android-powered smartphones and tablets to go with its Windows Phones.
The hardware maker is allegedly already in talks with network operators but it is yet unknown whether its line-up will be unveiled at the upcoming MWC or not. Following the same market policy as Panasonic -- which is planning on entering the European market this March -- Fujitsu will bring its devices to Europe while maintaining some of the features specific to the Japanese market.
According to the report, NFC, LTE mobile broadband technology, and fingerprint security will be featured on upcoming devices. Fujitsu (at that time, part of the Fujitsu- Toshiba joint venture) was the first to release a Windows Phone to the market running the Mango iteration. We will hopefully see the IS12T alongside some great Android phones and tablets soon in Europe.
Well known Windows Phone hacker Heathcliff74 announced an upcoming revision to his homebrew suite of tools on Twitter today. He noted WP7 Root Tools 0.9 will bring additional device support and allow homebrew developers to mark their applications as "trusted", opening up unfettered access to the file system and Windows APIs.
He also noted that he'll release a mini SDK, allowing developers to use both Windows APIs and use model-specific functionality without infringing on the copyright of any major carriers, OEMs, or Microsoft [ed: like Julien Schapman's TouchXperience].
Keep your ear to the ground, we'll let you know the moment it's ready!
A new report out of Strategy Analytics today claims that Nokia took the title of world's largest Windows Phone vendor in the last full quarter from HTC, a remarkable feat — if accurate, that is — considering that it wasn't even in the Windows Phone business in the quarter prior. The market intelligence firm reports platform market share numbers throughout the year, and it says that Windows Phone shipped a total of 2.7 million units in Q4, of which some 33.1 percent were Nokia devices — nearly 900,000 units. Nokia launched both the Lumia 800 and 710 in certain markets during the quarter, but the deployments were limited: the 710 hadn't hit either Europe or the US at that point, and the 800 — arguably the more important of the two — hadn't come to North America.
Strategy Analytics doesn't break down non-Nokia OEMs in the press release — it just says that "others" captured 66.9 percent of the market — but it does note that Nokia's gains come largely at HTC's expense, which had been pushing Windows Phone the hardest through 2011 and the launch of Mango earlier in the year. Realistically, though, it's still very much anyone's game: 2.7 million units in a quarter is a drop in the bucket compared to the tens of millions of Android and iOS handsets sold globally, so there's plenty of time and space for HTC (and Samsung and LG, if they're still interested in playing along) to catch up.
We are less than 24 hours away from Nokia's Mobile World Congress 2012 press event and it appears one of the company's new Windows Phone devices has made its way online. A single image of an alleged Lumia 610 handset was posted to Twitter this weekend by an unofficial Nokia_N8 account. We are unable to confirm the authenticity of the image, but specifications for the rumored device appear to have leaked too.
BGR India claims the Lumia 610 will feature a 3.2-inch display, 3-megapixel camera, and will run Windows Phone Tango. The site says the handset will be priced at around $233 when it is launched in India. We have heard a number of details about Tango and its timing, including the fact that it will push the minimum hardware requirements down to just 256MB RAM. Some alleged screenshots of Windows Phone Tango leaked earlier this month, appearing to confirm the RAM limit and new 3-megapixel camera support. With the Lumia 610 passing certification in Indonesia recently, there is a good chance we'll learn more about Windows Phone Tango and Nokia's handset plans at Mobile World Congress, which kicks off tomorrow morning.