With the Windows Phone Mango update now undergoing carrier testing, all eyes have turned to the next big update, Apollo, which is set for fall 2012. But Windows Phone customers might not have to wait that long. Rumors of a “Tango” update have floated around the internet for a month or two, but there was no evidence to confirm its legitimacy.
ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley looked into the codename and discovered that Tango might actually be a special version of Windows Phone “focused on hitting the lower-price point.” The update does indeed exist, claim Foley’s sources, and it is “all about Nokia.” Tango will most likely be a minor interim release, as previously expected, but there is a good possibility that it will be aimed “largely or even exclusively [at] the Asian market.”
Microsoft and Nokia both insist that lowering the price of Windows Phone–and smartphones in general–is key to expanding market share. Tango might help the two companies accomplish this goal. Interestingly, Microsoft might release as many as two Tango builds before the general availability of Windows Phone 8, which is commonly referred to as the Apollo update.